2019 Life Goals // Blogmas Day 16

I recently did a post where I talked about my reading goals for the year, but I wanted to include some of my “life-related” goals, too!

I am a super goal-oriented person, so setting to-do lists and making bucket lists is my absolute favorite thing ever. So, here are the things I hope I accomplish this year :)

Save $1k

I am the absolute worst at saving money. I made myself the goal of saving 1k in my bank account between September and December, but that just didn’t happen. I work a job at school which means I get paid minimum wage, and I can only work a certain number of hours a week. But, I plan on getting a job over summer break outside of school again so that I can save more money, and I’m just going to be more conscious about it in general.

Finish my poetry manuscript

I’ve had a name and theme idea for a poetry collection for months, and I eventually want to publish it. So, this year I want to work on drafting together all of the poems, organizing, editing, and then finalizing the details of it so that I can eventually send them off to a publisher or self-publish it!

Finish the first draft of my novel

I don’t plan on publishing an actual novel for a while, I want my debut as a novelist to be something I truly love. However, I want to finish the first draft of my current WIP, even though I know it will never be published. It’s great practice though, and would make me so happy!

End my second semester with straight As

I have been working really hard this year so far so earn the grades I have, and I want to keep this streak up next semester! School is my number one priority right now, and I want to do well.

Get a summer job/internship

Like I said earlier, I want to get a job over the summer to save up some extra $$. It really doesn’t matter where it is at this point, I just want to find something!

Hit 1k followers on here

I am so proud of this little blog I started when I was a little sophomore. It’s been through a lot of ups, downs, and changes, but I love where I am today. Numbers are not something I focus on heavily, but it would be nice to reach this number!

Hit 500 followers on my poetry instagram

Alongside the last goal, I also want to hit 500 followers on my poetry account because poetry is something I want to take more seriously this year. The reason for setting this number is just because it will hold me more accountable when it comes to posting. I want to make sure I consistently post on the account.

Go on a road trip with friends

I’ve always wanted to go on a road trip with my friends, but we’ve never been able to actually do it. It would be so much fun, and hopefully I get to do it in the future!

Let me know what your goals are in the comments below :) See you tomorrow!

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Bookish Naughty or Nice Tag // Blogmas Day 15

Hello everyone! If you read my last post, you know that I missed 2 blogmas days, so I’m making up for them today! One more post will go up a little later today :)

I saw this tag that Kelly did, and I really wanted to do it, too! Check out her post here :)

1. Received an ARC and not reviewed it  ✅

I have like 12 ARCs right now on Netgalley that I have not read and reviewed yet (oops). Plus I have some physical ARCs that I’ve won so I don’t technically need to review them, but I have not read them yet. I am dedicating the beginning of 2019 to finishing as many as I can, though. The guilt is killing me.

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2. Have less than 60% feedback rating on Netgalley ❌

I have a 65% right now, which is not great, but it’s above 65! I used to have a much higher rating, but then I requested and got approved for a bunch of ARCs and I’m OVERWHELMED. I’m working on it, I promise.

3. Rated a book on Goodreads and promised a full review was to come on your blog (and never did) ✅

I’ve definitely done this, but I also know I will never post those reviews now. It’s too late and I don’t even remember which books they are.

4. Folded down the page of a book ✅

Yes, I dog-ear pages all the time. It doesn’t bother me at all, haha.

5. Accidentally spilled on a book ❌

My cousin dropped one of my books into the ocean one time, but I never spilled anything on them.

6. DNF a book this year ✅

Yes, I think I DNF’d two this year, and I can’t even remember what they were.

7. Bought a book purely because it was pretty with no intention of reading it ❌

I buy a lot of books solely for their covers, but I still plan on reading them!

8. Read whilst you were meant to be doing something else (like homework) ✅

Oh, definitely! I am a huge procrastinator.

9. Skim read a book ✅

I did this for school all the time.

10. Completely missed your Goodreads goal ❌

I set my goal to one book this year, so that I could focus on quality over quantity, so I did obviously reach that. For the past 2 years that I have been seriously using goodreads, I also reached both of my goals.

11. Borrowed a book and not returned it ❌

I don’t think I’ve ever not returned a book, but I’ve definitely had people not return books to me.

12. Broke a book buying ban ✅

Oh, 100%. I do this all the time, it’s so bad. But 2019 is the year of no book buying!

13. Started a review, left it for ages then forgot what the book was about ✅

This goes along with #3. I usually say I will do a review, then start it, but completely forget to finish. By the time I remember, it’s too late because the book is no longer fresh in my mind.

14. Wrote in a book you were reading ✅

Yes, I love to annotate my books and I do this all the time. I just love to record my thoughts and be able to look back on them :)

15. Finished a book and not added it to your Goodreads ❌

I’m pretty good about doing this, I don’t think I’ve forgotten to add a book unless if it was something I read before using goodreads.

16. Borrowed a book and not returned it to a friend ❌

Nope, I also return the books to their owners!

17. Dodged someone asking if they can borrow a book ✅

Yes, I hate letting people borrow my books unless if I absolutely trust them. I’ve had multiple people not return books to me, so I am very careful about this.

18. Broke the spine of someone else’s book ❌

No, I am very careful with other people’s books, but I don’t borrow a lot of books from other people to begin with.

19. Took the jacket off a book to protect it and ended up making it more damaged ❌

I never really take the jacket off of books, I usually leave it on.

20. Sat on a book accidentally ✅

I can’t remember a specific incidence but I’m sure this has happened at least once.

Total Score: 11/20

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I tag everyone who wants to do this! It was a lot of fun :)

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2019 TBR- books i want to get to ASAP // Blogmas Day 14

Hello everyone! I missed two days of Blogmas because of school and other reasons, but I’m putting up 3 posts today (so make sure you check out the other 2 which should be up a couple hours after this one) to make it up to y’all!

I know I told you guys that for 2019, I’m not buying any new books- I am solely going to read the books I own but haven’t read yet, and will use the library more often. So, I thought that I would do a post about the books I definitely want to go to in the new year!

This is a long one, so I won’t be giving any explanations, sorry! (also these are not in any order)

Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Afterparty by Ann Stampler

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski

You by Caroline Kepnes

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavalaro

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

The House by Christina Lauren

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Becoming by Michelle Obama

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I am so so excited about all of these books, and I can’t wait to look back on this list at the end of the year and see how well I did! Leave a comment letting me know which ones I should get to ASAP :)

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2019 Reading Goals // Blogmas Day 12

2018 has been a weird year. It simultaneously felt like the longest and shortest year ever. There were so many ups (I graduated high school, went to prom, my first Bookcon, started college, I moved, etc), but there were also a few downs.

But now we’re moving onto a new year, which always brings hope and promise of better, exciting things.

For today’s post, I wanted to create a list of my reading goals for the upcoming year because I didn’t really follow any this year, and I thought it would be fun! It will also be fun to look back on them at the end of the year and see if I am still following any!

Read more diverse books

This first one is something that I already try to do whenever I can, but it’s definitely something I want to continue to do in 2019 and incorporate more of. I’m hoping that at least 40-50% of the books I read have a diverse aspect to them in 2019, which is definitely doable.

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Read one e-book a month

I recently purchased an Amazon tablet, so I want to make sure I get plenty of use out of it. I have been reading a lot of e-books recently, so this shouldn’t be a problem at all. I definitely have way over 12 e-books currently, and I really want to get the number down.

Don’t buy any books (5 freebies)

I’m trying to go for a ‘no-buy nineteen’ because I own way too many books that haven’t been read yet, and I definitely have enough to get me through the year. To give you an idea, I have over 90 books on my owned TBR, and I usually read about 60 books in a year. That means I have plenty of options for books.

I am going to allow myself 5 freebies though, because I want to be able to read some 2019 releases, and sometimes you just have to have a book, you know? For the most part though, I will only be reading books I already own.

Narrow physical TBR down to < 50 books

This goes along with the last one, but I really want to narrow my TBR down to less than 50 books. I miss the times when I would finish a book and then go to the bookstore to pick out my next one.

Although I’m not allowed to buy any books in 2019, I am still allowed to go to the library or borrow books on the Libby app- which is why this is a separate goal. You’d think that the two would be put together, but it’s possible for me not to buy any books but still not decrease my TBR.

Read one ARC a month

I have a ton of unread ARCs that I thought I would get to ASAP, but somehow they all piled up and now they are overwhelming and stressful. I plan on reading at least one a month (hopefully more), so that I can finish all of them by the end of the year. In fact, I am dedicating February to reading as many ARCs as I can because I really want to finish them all and get rid of the guilt hanging over me.

Read one book a week (52 total books)

I have read over 50 books a year for the past 2 years, so this one shouldn’t be a problem for me. For 2018, I set my reading challenge to 1 so that I would focus on quality over quantity, and I think I did that pretty well.

But, this year I want to set a reasonable goal that I know I can accomplish easily so that it is not stressful and will still allow me to read for quality.

Read at least 3 non-fiction books

I used to love reading memoirs, biographies, and other non-fiction stories. It stemmed from my desire to learn. I miss reading non-fiction, so I want to read some more of it this year. While I hope to read more than 3 NF books, I want to give myself an easy goal that I can easily accomplish.

Unhaul at least 5 books

I have a serious problem with collecting/hoarding books. There are some books that were sent to me by publishers or given to me as gifts that are duplicates of books I already have, and yet I never get rid of them. I feel like each book is a part of my soul, and giving them away is taking a part of me with them.

But, I know that I do not need all of the books I have, especially if I hated them/have multiple copies of them. I will try to donate/give away at least 5 this year (I know that sounds so easy, but it’s hard for me, ok?).

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Let me know what your goals for 2019 are! I’d love to hear :)

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2018 anticipated reads i didn’t get to // Blogmas Day 11

So many amazing books came out this year, but I unfortunately wasn’t able to get to that many of them. I’m going to give you a guys a list of five that hopefully I can get to in 2019!

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

I love John Green. I’ve talked about so many of his books before, and I’m sure you all know how I feel by now. Obviously I want to pick up Hank’s debut novel, too! I’m positive it’s going to be just as amazing, and possibly a new favorite of mine as well! I’ve heard nothing but good things, and I am so excited about it.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

I purchased this book recently because everyone has been talking about it, and it sounds right up my alley. The synopsis is so interesting, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. And apparently the ending will make me WEEP which is what I need right now. I plan on reading it early in 2019.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

This book is a romance that I’ve heard nothing but good things about. I have been in a romance mood recently, and so I hope to get to this early in 2019. Everyone loves Christina Lauren books (if you don’t know, it’s two co-authors), and I own another one of their books but haven’t gotten around to it yet either. I’m terrible and my TBR pile is huge, sorry.

Taking the Arrow Out of the Heart by Alice Walker

This is a poetry collection by Alice Walker that not many people have talked about. I am a huge fan of poetry though, and I would absolutely love to read this ASAP. Alice Walker is the author of The Color Purple (which I have not read but also really want to), and everyone who’s read it loves that book. I feel like her poetry would just be so beautiful.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

I haven’t read a lot of YA mysteries/thrillers but I really want to give them a chance. Something has drawn me to this book since I first heard of it, and I really want to read it. Again, I’ve heard many good things, and I just feel like I’ll really like it.

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Please leave a comment letting me know if you’ve read any of these books and which one I should get to ASAP! See you tomorrow :)

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Winter Reads Recs! // Blogmas Day 10

I feel like Christmas cozy time is perfect for cute, fluffy contemporaries. I know many people like to read fantasy at this time, but I’m more of a Hallmark movie type of girl.

Today I’m going to give you guys five contemporary recommendations (they’re not related to Christmas) that I feel would be great for this time of year!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This is the PERFECT winter read. It involves baking, love triangles, and super cute family relationships. What more could you want in a book? I’m sure almost all of you have already read this, or at least watched the movie, but I still feel like it’s a great re-read at this time of year.

Looking For Alaska by John Green

This next one just screams winter time to me. I just read this book a few months ago, but it was the first one that came to mind for me when writing out this list. If you haven’t read it- you should. It’s not the most life-changing or best written story ever, but for some reason I just felt so connected to it, and I really liked it. Also, I just love John Green (unpopular opinion, I know).

Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone

This book is all about friendship, and I think it’s so important. Tamara Ireland Stone is such an incredible author. I just love all of the work she puts out. This one just made me feel so warm and happy- I highly recommend it.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Another fluffy, cozy read that I fell in love with when I read it. I didn’t like We Are Okay by Nina which was a little disappointing for me because of how much I loved this one. Just pick it up, okay?

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Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Jenn Bennett has become one of my favorite authors of the year. In 2018 I read 3 of her 5 books (two of which were ARCs), and I fell in love every single time. I can not recommend her enough. This book is about camping and being outdoors, and the winter/fall time is when I relate to nature the most for some reason. If you don’t pick up any other books on this list, at least check this one out!

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I hope you guys end up picking one of these up this holiday season! They really are great reads :)

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More 5 Star Predictions // Blogmas Day 9

I made this post a little while ago, and it was a lot of fun! It’s interesting to look back on and see whether you made correct predictions or not. I haven’t read all of the books on that initial list, but once I do, I will definitely do an update post to let you know how close I was!

Here are 5 more books that I believe I will give 5 stars to, and that I’m so excited to read soon :)

 

The Diviners by Libba Bray

I got this book a while ago, and I’ve been dying to read it for ages! I definitely think I’m going to love it, but it’s really long which makes it a bit intimidating for me. I am the worst at starting big books, which is why I don’t bother buying many of them that often to begin with! I am determined to get to this one soon, though!

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

I love Lauren Graham. She is the sweetest person ever, she’s so funny, and she’s such a talented actress. I read her memoire and I absolutely adored it. I loved everything about her writing style, and I’m sure that most of that is similar to this novel. I’ve owned the e-book for such a long time, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I’m planning on getting to it early on in the new year!

 

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

This book gets so much hype, but I’m sure it’s for good reason. I’ve only seen a couple of people say they didn’t like it, and even then they still gave it around 3 stars. I’m not a huge fantasy reader to begin with (I’m surprised I have to fantasy novels on my list), but I really think I’m going to love this one.

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

This is a book I just bought recently and was featured in my last haul! I am so excited to read it because I have been loving thrillers/mysteries recently. I know so many booktubers who have recommended this one, so I have really high hopes for it. I will be super disappointed if I don’t enjoy it.

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

I also hauled this one a few days ago, and I am so so excited about it. If I don’t give this one 5 stars then I will probably stop reading for a good 2 weeks because I want to love this so bad. I am obsessed with Summer Bird Blue by Akemi, and if this one is even 1/4 like that, then I know I will love it.

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I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what your ratings were :)

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November Wrap-Up // Blogmas Day 8

Everyone in the book community seemed to be having a really bad reading month at the start of November, while I was flying through books so quickly. The beginning of my month was great (reading wise) and then slowly it started to get worse and worse.

I still managed to get 7 books in, which I’m really pleased with!

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

I picked this book up (finally) because I was in a bit of a slump, and needed something quick and fluffy to pull me out of that. That is exactly what it did. It was cute, and I enjoyed following the story. I’m not sure yet if I will continue on with the series, but it left on a cliffhanger and I want to know the rest, so I might one day. The writing wasn’t the best, but this book was exactly what I needed.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

This was a buddy read I did that month, and it was a wild ride. It started off super slow and I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I had originally hoped. But, by the middle, I found myself intrigued by the plot, and I enjoyed the ending enough. I also hated all of the characters, but in a good way. They were all horrible and evil, but I sort of liked that. Definitely not my favorite mystery/thriller, but it was decent.

Rating: 3/5 stars

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Wow. After the last book, this one was just flawless. I enjoyed it so so much, and I definitely want to re-read it soon. I listened to the audiobook and I was just so invested in the story, I couldn’t stop listening. I am a sucker for character driven stories, and this is exactly what this one was. It was just incredible, and the plot twists were so good. Might be one of my favorite thrillers right now.

Rating: 5/5 stars

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

After reading Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, I was a little hesitant about picking up more books by Becky. I wasn’t really a fan of Simon (but I LOVED the movie). I decided to give her a chance anyways, and I’m so glad I did. I absolutely adored this book. It was so pure and real, and it just made my heart happy. I literally listened to the whole audiobook in like a day, I just couldn’t stop.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Obviously, I’ve been in a huge mystery/thriller mood, and I wanted to pick this book up before the movie that comes out at the end of this month! It was incredible. I loved it and was so hooked from beginning to end. The concept was so amazing, and I wanted so much more. It’s a short book, so I read it fairly quickly, but I wish there was more to it, because I was definitely not done.

Rating: 5/5 stars

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

I’m not going to say much about this book- it was a requirement for class, so I never give my opinion on these.

Rating: N/A

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

The last book that I picked up was Radio Silence and it was an incredible way to end the month. I know so many people adore this book, and I really wanted to read a book by Alice Oseman. I own I Was Born For This, too, so I definitely want to get to it ASAP after reading this one. I loved the character development and the storyline. It was so unique but really interesting.

Rating: 5/5 stars

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That’s it for the books I read this month! Let me know if you’ve read any and what your opinions are. I’d love to hear them :) See you tomorrow for Blogmas Day 9!

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December TBR // Blogmas Day 1

Hello everyone! Welcome to Blogmas day 1. Yes, I am taking part this year. this is going to be my first year doing Blogmas and I’m so excited about it. I pre-wrote so many posts and there are a ton that I’m so excited for you guys to read.

To start off, I thought I’d do a December TBR since this is the last month of the year. There are a couple of books I really want to get in before the year is over, and I’m hoping to get to 60 books read!

The TBR

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What Happened by Hillary Clinton

This is my current Audiobook read that I was hoping to finish in November, but it’s just so long. I’m almost done with it, so I know that I will finish it really soon. I’m really enjoying it so far because I’ve always been interested in politics, so it’s cool to learn about some of the behind the scenes of campaigns!

 

 

Birthday Girl Penelope Douglas

I got this book as a recommendation from some friends on Twitter, and it’s another book that I’m currently reading. I’m not too far along into it yet, but so far I’m not loving it. It’s a romance novel where the MC starts to like her boyfriend’s dad, and that’s all I know! I hope I start to enjoy it more as I get deeper into it.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This is a book I’ve had on my TBR for literal YEARS. I’m finally promising to read it because I have the audiobook, so it should be a quick read. I’m also trying really hard to narrow down my TBR before I allow myself to buy anymore books, so this is how I’m going to do it!

 

 

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

I know, I know. I promised to read this book so so many times. And I will. I swear. That is all I have to say about this one.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I just bought this book in a pretty paperback edition a couple of weeks ago, and I want to read it ASAP. After I finish the first two books, this is going to be the one I pick up next! I’m so incredibly excited for it.

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Merry Inkmas by Talia Hibbert

The last book on my list is another romance novel! I’m participating in the read-a-long that Chandler Ainsely is hosting for this book (which starts tomorrow), which is why I know I will be reading this one! Plus, the e-book was FREE. I just really hope I enjoy it.

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That is all for my TBR! I don’t know how much reading I will actually get done because of finals coming up, but I hope I can get through at least 4 of them. Plus, after finals, I will be home for a month and I’ll have plenty of time.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these and what your thoughts were!

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Currently Reading + Future Reading Plans

***This post is going up late and I actually finished 2 of the books I talk about, but I’ll give reviews of them in a wrap-up

I didn’t post a TBR this month, mainly because I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo, and wasn’t sure how much time I would have for reading- but I’m actually managing pretty well.

But if I’m being honest, I sort of hate TBRs. I just never really stick to them, and I hate feeling like I’m forced to read certain books.

With that being said, though, I actually do plan out what books I’m going to read next in my mind. I like to have some structure in my life (even if it’s just me faking it till I make it).

Anyways, I thought I would share what books I’m currently reading with you, as well as what I plan on reading next- which is totally subject to change!!!

Currently Reading

My Husband’s Wife by Jane Corry

I’m currently buddy reading this with my lovely friend, Kimberly. We both agreed that it had a bit of a slow start to it, but if you push through, it gets really interesting. There are definitely a few things that I don’t really love about it, but I’ll probably post an in-depth review of it once I’m done (or I’ll talk more about it in a wrap-up).

It’s a mystery/thriller that I honestly don’t even know how to explain because so much is going on and I feel like I wouldn’t do it justice, but definitely check it out and give it a shot!

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

I picked this up on my last trip to Barnes and Noble because I heard it was being turned into a movie/tv show (I can’t remember which) and I wanted to read it before then! It’s been on my TBR for so long, and now is the perfect time to read it.

It’s another mystery/thriller- there’s a tend here- but I’m not really familiar with the plot. I’m only on chapter 2, so I can’t really say much about it, but I wanted to read it after hearing multiple Booktubers talk about it and how much they loved it!

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

Oh, look- another mystery/thriller. I had been waiting for this audiobook on the Libby app for so long. The hold line was SO. LONG. But finally, it’s my turn to borrow it!

This is a pretty recent release that I’ve heard so many people talk about. It follows a woman with agoraphobia (which is something I really like to read about) who watches her neighbors through her window. One day she sees something she’s not supposed to, and a ton of secrets get revealed.

I’m really loving this so far! The audiobook is great, and it’s a good way for me to distinguish it from the other two thrillers I’m reading.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

I’m reading this for one of my classes, and like almost all required reading, I’m not really enjoying it. I never would have picked this up on my own. It’s just one of those classics that I find really boring, personally.

There are a ton of classics that I really enjoy, but this is just not one of them. It’s honestly pretty hard to follow with all of the different characters, and the storyline is a bit confusing. It’s not the worst book I’ve read, but it’s been hard to get through since I’m analyzing it for academic purposes.

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Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

I read Summer Bird Blue by Akemi and absolutely adored it! It is definitely a character driven novel, not a plot based one (just letting you guys know), but I love that. I am a sucker for good characters and that is one of the main things I look for in a book. 

I can’t wait to dive into this one because I have a feeling I will love it even more!

I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

This has been on my TBR since before its publication. I follow Alice on so many platforms and she is just the sweetest human ever. 

I finally got my hands on a copy of this book, so I want to read it ASAP! The cover is stunning, and the plot just gives me some warm vibes. 

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I know for a fact that I will be picking this up soon because I am actually going to buddy read it with Taryn from Taryn and Her Books! This has been on my TBR ever since I read Caraval (which was so so long ago now) because I know people compared the two. 

I’m not a big fantasy reader, but I can’t resist circus stories! Besides, this book is just so gorgeous.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know if you want to see more like this in the future :)