April Wrapup + May TBR


Read:

  1. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley *review*
  2. The Dressmaker’s Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #1) – Kellyn Roth *review*
  3. Goblin Market and Other Poems – Christina Rossetti *review*
  4. The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli *review*
  5. Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1) – Chinua Achebe *review*

TBR:

  1. Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  2. Sula – Toni Morisson
  3. Shakespeare’s Sonnets – William Shakespeare
  4. Ivy Introspective (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2) – Kellyn Roth
  5. A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) – Sarah J. Maas

Summer Reading Plans


Summertime. The best time for reading. Sitting outside or in a hammock, no worries in the world, just reading away.

My happy place…. AND IT’S ALMOST HERE!

I have my last final on May 9th and am leaving for home on the 10th. YAY!

It’s super weird that my first year of college is almost done.

Anyway, my summer reading plans are crazy and SO AMBITIOUS but what else am I supposed to do?

I’m currently 10 books behind on my Goodreads goal… so that’s a thing I need to remedy. I’m going to try and read The Mortal Instruments series right when I get home and then catch up with all the damn series I’m behind in!

This summer I’m going to try and continue on and HOPEFULLY finish:

  • The Mortal Instruments
  • The Infernal Devices
  • The Dark Artifices
  • Red Queen
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Outlander *yikes maybe*
  • The Raven Cycle
  • Uglies
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Throne of Glass
  • Three Dark Crowns
  • Legend
  • The Queen of the Tearling
  • Farseer Trilogy
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • Anna and the French Kiss
  • Leah and the Offbeat

okay well this is probably not happening but I’m going to give it my all lol

What are your summer reading plans?!

Exciting Upcoming Releases!


The first book I’m going to mention just came out YESTERDAY and I’m so excited about it!

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood #2) – Becky Albertalli

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Book two to Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda! I’ve read both of Becky Albertalli’s other books and can’t wait for this one!


A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) – Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)

The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.

YOU GUYS! I also can’t wait to read this one. I loved the Court of Thorns and Roses series so I can’t wait to continue on. This comes out May 1!


Being an Environmentally Conscious Reader


I love reading, obviously, but don’t love thinking about how much books are negatively impacting our planet. Earth Day was yesterday and I got to thinking about how to be a more environmentally conscious reader so here’s a little ramble.


Ebooks and Audiobooks are a thing!

This is such a ‘duh,’ but crazy fact, ebooks and audiobooks DON’T USE PAPER. Amazing. Profound. Brand new idea. But really, ebooks and audiobooks are much kinder to the environment because they aren’t printed on paper that comes from trees and ink that comes from… something probably from the Earth. Yeah the fact that computers, ereaders, phones, etc have a negative impact on the planet with manufacturing, advertising, and distributing sucks, but ebooks and audiobooks aren’t printed.

wow I’m really not selling this idea, but I’m going to try and make an effort to read more ebooks and listen to more audiobooks lol


Libraries/Borrowing

Borrowing the newest releases helps to reduce the negative impact on Mother Earth because you’re using a copy someone else has also used! Yay for libraries!! I’m a huge advocate for using your local library because:

  1. it’s cheap
  2. it’s easy
  3. it’s fun
  4. it’s cheap
  5. it’s cheap
  6. umm…

yeah. Go borrow some books from your local library.


Buying Used Books

There’s nothing like the smell of a new book, but there’s also nothing as special as finding a well-loved copy of a book and appreciating the fact that someone else has read that specific copy. I LOVE used books because:

  1. they’re cheap (lol repeat from last time crazy)
  2. they have a story
  3. it’s fun searching the shelves

Buying used books helps the environment because you’re buying something that was already sold and distributed! You’re repurposing.


Reduce.

Reuse.

Recycle.

Help our planet by being an environmentally conscious reader <3

Review: Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1) – Chinua Achebe


Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1) – Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart

Title: Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy #1

Author: Chinua Achebe

Release Date: September 1, 1994, originally: 1958

Publisher: Anchor Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 209

Source: Foundations of the English Major

THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society.

The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo’s world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries. These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized, and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. THINGS FALL APART is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within.

3 out of 5 stars


Things Fall Apart follows two storylines that intertwine. The underlying message deals with European invasion and taking over of culture in Africa. I read this for my Foundations of the English Major course, and it was fairly quick read because the writing style was so simple, but the story was a little hard to follow.

I LOVED the writing style because of the simplicity. It was beautiful and easy to read, but there was something that made it difficult to understand. I’m not sure if it was because the names were hard to pronounce and distinguish or if I just didn’t know enough about the Ibo culture to fully appreciate it, but there were some parts that definitely went over my head.

The beginning was about the Ibo culture, but then part three was all about the Europeans coming in and trying to convert everyone to Christianity and that just made me angry. I’m a huge advocate for the fact that all cultures matter and that cultures aren’t wrong, just different to your own. It makes me sick that this happened and is still happening today because, yes I understand that you want people to believe what you believe, but other people’s cultures and religions are valid.

I’m looking forward to the discussion about this book for class because I want to understand more about the story. I think this was an interesting read and would recommend it if you’re looking to dive into another culture.

Upcoming Rereads


I’ve fallen back in love with rereading old favorites!


I recently checked out Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell from my public library and am SO EXCITED to reread it! I originally read it at the beginning of 2014… so I was 14 when I read it. I think my perspective will change about it because I’ve become a more critical reader, but I hope that I’ll still love it!

I recently got a copy of Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and wanted to reread Fangirl before starting the spinoff/companion book, so here we are! I think I’m going to pick it up next!

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I’m also currently in the process of rereading Cassandra Clare’s books! Meaning I’m literally on City of Ashes lol. The last time I read this was ALSO 2014 so yikes about that. I love this series and can’t wait for The Queen of Air and Darkness yay!

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

Currently Reading (2)


I’m back in the reading mood, but have to write so many papers for school. It’s lit now.

The semester is coming to a close! This week I have a 6 page paper due (which I haven’t started oops), a dance dress rehearsal, two shows, and my mom and brother are coming to visit/bring some of my stuff home. YAY.


Shakespeare’s Sonnets – William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Sonnets

Ha yeah still “reading” this. I started it for my Foundations class and then just wanted to keep reading it, but literally haven’t read anything for a month. I know that I’m going to like reading this, but I think it’s going to be one of those books that I have to read a lot in one day or little pieces here and there. I have no idea how I want to tackle it yet, but I’ll hopefully figure it out.

 

Things Fall Apart – China Achebe

Things Fall Apart

I’m also reading this for my Foundations class and it’s actually MUCH better than I originally expected. The writing style is so easy to read and understand. It flows so nicely and it almost doesn’t even feel like you’re reading which is really refreshing for a required reading book. I’m currently 62% of the way through and I’m here for it. I literally sat down and read 50 pages and it just flew by. Highly recommend thus far.

 

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

Guys. This book is rocking my world. I checked this out from my library because I saw it on the new releases shelf and COULDN’T HELP MYSELF. I really enjoyed the first two books and gave them 5 and 4 stars, but this one is so good. It’s tying everything together so nicely. All the old characters are there, but there are also new characters being seamlessly introduced and it’s just so cool. I love that it’s written in case files and emails. It’s so fun to read and I’m also flying through this one!!


All in all I’m not dying completely from school, but I also and super hyped for summer.

I worked out yesterday on top of all my dancing and MY LEGS ARE SO SORE. Too many jump squats. Not here for those.

I lost one of my favorite rings. Tragic. I hope I lost it while I was sleeping because I’m gonna be really sad if it’s gone forever.

I got to sit outside and read today because it was 50 degrees.

I wore my Chacos out in the sun with hope of starting my legendary Chaco tans.

Happy happy day!

What are you currently reading?