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

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)

Review: The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli


The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

Title: The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

Release Date: April 11, 2017

Publisher: Balzar + Bray

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 336

Source: Public Library

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

5 out of 5 stars


I loved this book and can now say that Becky Albertalli is one of my favorite authors.

The Upside of Unrequited follows Molly who is one of a twin duo who is highly unexperienced in the romance department. Molly has had 26 unrequited crushes and has never even kissed a boy. When her twin sister gets a girlfriend she feels left out because they’ve ALWAYS been best friends and have always told each other everything. She doesn’t know what to do. She’s confused and sad. She starts working at a store called Bissel and may or may not start to fall for a nerdy boy obsessed with Tolkien and Game of Thrones…

I totally get why everyone loves this book. This was so cute and perfectly written! I’ve had my annoyances with the term “adequate representation” because I don’t think a book should just be checking off boxes of different ethnicities, genders, religions, sexual orientations etc. but this book ACTUALLY has amazing representation.

Molly is heterosexual. Molly’s sister, Cassie is lesbian. Cassie’s girlfriend is pansexual. Molly has two moms one of whom is lesbian and the other is bisexual. Molly is fat. One of Molly’s moms is black. Some of the family is Jewish.

Okay. So this sounds like a super random hodge podge of different things and you might be thinking “wow that looks like it CHECKS OFF A LOT OF BOXES” but the way this was done was so seamless. There was no questioning about anything which I think made it feel like REAL representation. This book felt so so so real and I loved it.

The way that anxiety was represented was also perfect. I have anxiety so I could relate so much with Molly. She overthinks EVERYTHING and I think to someone who doesn’t overthink everything it would just seem like unnecessary worrying, but this is literally me. She texted someone and two minutes later when they didn’t respond she would freak out and feel like she made the biggest mistake of her life. Dude me too. I think anyone with anxiety could benefit from reading this because it is such an accurate representation of what it’s like.

FAVORITE QUOTE:

Because that’s the thing about change. It’s so painfully normal. It’s the most basic of all tragedies.

I feel this on so many levels because I’m not one that likes change and this is so true it actually hurts.

All the characters were so fun and unique. I don’t even understand how and author could possibly create this many beautiful characters, but Becky Albertalli doesn’t fail to amaze me. The characters from Simon were here!! I had heard that they would be, but I completely forgot about it and then they all showed up to the wedding and aww omg I couldn’t not smile.

Molly and Reid were quite possibly the cutest couple on planet earth. Enough said. Read the book.

ALWAYS READ THE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS BECAUSE:

And to Grandma Molly. I never knew just how much I could miss a person. I lost you while drafting this. I thought of you every time I typed your name. What would I give to hear you call me mamaleh one more time.

omg can this get any cuter? I almost started crying when I read it because aww.

Review: Goblin Market and Other Poems – Christina Rossetti


Goblin Market and Other Poems – Christina Rossetti

Goblin Market and Other Poems

Title: Goblin Market and Other Poems

Author: Christina Rossetti

Release Date: March 5, 2012 – originally: 1862

Publisher: Dover Publications

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 68

Source: Foundations of the English Major Class

Features 32 works — among them “The Convent Threshold,” “Up-hill,” “Cousin Kate,” “Winter: My Secret,” “Maude Clare,” and celebrated title poem.

3 out of 5 stars


This wasn’t what I was expecting. The title poem suggests mischief and magical creatures, and yes the goblins were that but I thought there would be more.

I think the first poem was the only one with a fantasy element which was very disappointing to me. I LOVE fantasy obviously if you’ve seen a lot of the books I read, so when you go in expecting that and get only tragic poems about death and despair it throws you for a loop a little bit.

That being said, the poems were beautiful. I will say that. There’s a reason Christina Rossetti is known for “Goblin Market” because the poem was beautifully written. But I found myself getting lost in the poems! Let me explain a little more.

These are short poems; most of them were only a few stanzas, but the wording was almost too flowery for me to understand. I think this is a time period situation because a lot of the other literature I’ve read from around this time is very similar in the sense that the descriptions are very in depth and the word choice is a little over my head at times. I kept getting lost in the little poems! I would try and focus and pay attention to them, but I think most of the deeper meanings went over my head. This could also be because I read it late at night, but that’s on me.

I think there are worse things to have to read for a class, so I’m happy with this as a required reading. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this to anyone not interested in literature and poetry because it is hard to understand sometimes.

Reading During College (as an English Major)


If you’ve been around awhile, I wrote a post about reading during school back in 2015 *oh little sophomore in high school me* but my views have changed from what they once were.

Being in college means constantly having things on your to-do list, having classes at random times of the day, late nights and LOTS of homework and reading. As an English Publishing major I’m starting to take classes that are completely reading based, and sometimes have to read an entire book in two days! Yes this is reading, but it isn’t considered ‘fun reading.’

It’s hard for me because I have been trying to only read one book at a time, but that’s actually impossible because I need to have a fun book on my currently reading list at all times. I need something to be able to escape to. Having to read so much for my major is hard because it means that I don’t have time to do my pleasure reading. Tragic.

Another thing that makes me horribly sad is that I don’t always feel in the mood to read my fun book after I’ve done all my homework and am laying in bed!! I ALWAYS wanted to read through high school, and I still do. I have a book blog and do more reading than the average person, but it’s so weird for me to NOT WANT TO READ. It’s also frustrating because I love watching YouTube and catching up with my subscription box, but I find that I want to do that instead of reading, but I always feel like I’m wasting time when I’m watching a video or show because I should be doing something else ughhhh.

It’s a hard life sometimes. But it’s okay, summer will be here soon enough and I will read every single day. I think I need to try and implement a 30 minute fun reading break every single day because my brain would love the break to have some fun :) and I wouldn’t feel as guilty about watching so much YouTube…. oops.

This was a rambly post, but I have been trying to post every other day because I have been neglecting blogging since coming to school! It also makes me sad. I think I just need to keep myself on track and make myself a habit tracker page in my bullet journal.

If anyone has any tips on how to read more, let me know!! I’m 8 books behind on my Goodreads goal and I’m not okay with that…

Thanks for reading!!!

Review: Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley


Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Frankenstein

Title: Frankenstein

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Release Date: October 21, 1994 – originally: 1818

Publisher: Dover Publications

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 166

Source: Foundations of the English Major Class

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises profound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

4 out of 5 stars


I read this for my Foundations of the English Major class and I was pleasantly surprised, but I still didn’t love it.

The synopsis of this book explains everything so I’m not going to go into detail, but I liked the framing of this story. It started off with letters from a captain of a ship to his sister and Frankenstein’s story is told by him in his letters. I’m not going to lie, I was kind of shocked when I found out how the letters connected with the story.

I don’t know if this was just me being clueless, but I thought the creature/monster was named Frankenstein. Nope. The man who creates the monster is Frankenstein and the monster doesn’t get named. This is apparently a big deal, should probably learn a little more about why that is before I write my essay over this book… ha.

This book took me forever to read. I read it when it was assigned, but it just went so slowly. There were so many words on each page in the edition I have and omg it was dragging on and on and on. I listened to an audiobook I found on YouTube while reading through it.

I annotated this and there’s honestly nothing better than flipping through an annotated book. #englishmajorlife It’s so cool seeing what you thought was important while going through it. Love it.

Yeah, I don’t want to talk a ton about this because I do have to write a paper on it (ugh why tho). I would recommend this, but only if you’re going to be talking about it in a class. It’s hella boring if you aren’t.

March Wrapup + April TBR


Read:

  1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World – Susan Cain *review*
  2. Guilt in Our Pockets: Poems from South India – Carlos Reyes *review*
  3. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare *review*
  4. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli *review*
  5. The Life of Olaudah Equiano – Olaudah Equiano

TBR:

  1. Ivy Introspective (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #2) – Kellyn Roth
  2. Frankenstein – Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  3. What’s Left – Jnana Hodson