Goodreads Helps Me Pick My TBR


I saw a Youtube video from clarareadsbooks where she scrolled through her Goodreads feed and picked out a few books to read during May. I will be scrolling through and picking the first five books I see THAT I OWN and haven’t read. I will be adding these to my May TBR! I think if I see a sequel that I have the first book/continuation of I will also choose that.


City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will be adding City of Ashes to my TBR for the month because I recently read City of Bones and am trying to continue on my re-read of the series.

 

 The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

I have wanted to read The Diviners for quite awhile, so I’m excited about this one!

 

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)

I’m pretty sure I still have Burn for Burn. I hope I still have it because I’ve heard that it’s pretty good. I don’t really know a ton about it, but I’ll give it a try!

 

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)

My younger brother will be SO EXCITED about me reading The Lost Hero. It’s his favorite series and he’s been pestering me for so long lol.

 

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

Okay so this is one of the ONLY books I’ve DNF’d in my life… I tried reading it and wasn’t  a huge fan, but I’ll give it another try. The 5th Wave here we go.


Well, it looks like I’ll be starting some new series this month!

Excited to add these to my TBR :)

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!


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)

Funny Story…


Lol so I accidentally just re-read a book because I was sent the wrong book by the author!

I thought I was reading the book Ivy Introspective and it felt SO FAMILIAR to me. If you follow me on Goodreads you would have seen one of my updates talking about how it felt like I had already read it. Little did I know I have, in fact, read this book already.

I was actually reading the first book in the series which I previously read last October. Again, I was so confused because I felt like I was reading the same thing! I don’t know if I will get to the book Ivy Introspective as I’ve just emailed the author about the conundrum.

This is just a funny situation to me. Like lol this would happen to me. No shade being thrown to Kellyn Roth at all because I’m sure it’s super hard to self publish!

Just a funny little story for your lovely Monday afternoon :P

Review: Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur


Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

Milk and Honey

Title: Milk and Honey

Author: Rupi Kaur

Release Date: November 4, 2014

Publisher: Createspace

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 204

Source: TBR Shelf

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

2 out of 5 stars


Let me start off this review by saying I know that a lot of people love this book, and I can totally see why. I understand why so many people think this is a great piece of literature about femininity and loving yourself. I just didn’t connect with it at all.

As someone who has never experienced heartbreak, I didn’t find much to connect with. I think it is beautiful and raw and was a quick read, but the writing style didn’t appeal to me very much. I haven’t been a huge fan of poetry/free verse just because I don’t like the choppy style.

I enjoyed the last section of this book because I could relate to it much more. I think that if the whole book was about loving yourself first and being confident with your body I would have liked it more. One of my favorite poems was on page 183. It says:

we are all born so beautiful

the greatest tragedy is being convinced we are not

I really liked this poem because I feel like every single teenage girl can relate to this. I don’t feel beautiful all the time; I don’t feel beautiful without makeup or when I’m not dressed how I like. It’s hard growing up in a society where beauty is pressured by everything. When you don’t feel beautiful you start to believe you never were in the first place. I related to this poem more than any others in this whole book.

Overall, I was pretty underwhelmed by this book. I knew so many people loved it and rated it 5 stars on Goodreads, but I don’t have any experience with the things that were mentioned in the book so I don’t believe I can have an accurate opinion about the matters discussed. I think that if people found this book helpful then the author did her job well. I think this is a book with the good message of loving yourself first, and I can appreciate that. I can appreciate this book, but I don’t love it.

Review: The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4) – Lemony Snicket


The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4) – Lemony Snicket

The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #4)

Title: The Miserable Mill (A Series of Unfortunate Events #4)

Author: Lemony Snicket

Release Date: April 15, 2000

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

Format: ebook

Page Number: 208

Source: Overdrive

Dear Reader,

I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to read this book because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put this book down instantaneously, because of all the books describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, THE MISERABLE MILL might be the unhappiest yet. Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire are sent to Paltryville to work in a lumbermill, and they find disaster and misfortune lurking behind every log.

The pages of this book, I’m sorry to inform you, contain such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.

I have promised to write down the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven’t, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.

With all due respect,

Lemony Snicket


3 out of 5 stars

This was the first book that I borrowed from Overdrive, and I highly recommend using that app if your library offers it! It’s so cool because you just borrow ebooks from the library as if it were a normal physical book. It’s quite cool. Anyway, the book.

The Miserable Mill is the fourth installment in the Series of Unfortunate Events books, and this series hasn’t been enthralling me. I have rated each of these books 3/5 stars, so this one was pretty average for me. I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it.

I always forget how incredibly short these books are. I finished half of this book yesterday, so it was a very quick read. I enjoy Klaus the most from the siblings. He’s the bookish one who usually defines words, but he was hypnotized for most of this book from the eye doctor.

These books are quite strange in their nature because they’re pretty morbid. They are funny at some points because there are jokes that are for the adults reading to the kids. I thought that there were some funny parts.

This book was about the Baudelaire kids having to work at a wood mill, and of course come across Count Olaf eventually. This was slower than the first three, and there wasn’t as much action, but I look forward to reading more of this series.

Series:

The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)

The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2)

The Wide Window (A Series of Unfortunate Events #3)