July 2016 RECAP // Books and Not Really any Life Updates…

Hey, another month finished! *confetti*

I’ve been having headaches and possibly sinus issues(?) that make it difficult to read. This has actually been going on for several months, but I’ve been pushing through for books! Don’t worry, I’m meeting my doctor.

But anyway, I made it through 9 (almost 10) books this July! *more confetti* Seems to be the same for every month… May and June had 9 books listed, too! (Excluding short, short ones I read.) And that also means 61/80 books for the Goodreads challenge!


There’s not much in the way of life – just enjoying my last month before school starts and I have to worry about packing up and moving. Still trying to find a car, too. I’m so nervous about this semester, though, because I’m doing a CAPSTONE. If you don’t know what that it, it’s death pretending to be a class. I’ve heard it’s 3x harder and 3x more work than normal. And I’m not ready. Then, I also had my big family reunion this weekend!

BOOKSTAGRAM:

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I’m not even a Star Wars fan.

I…have been neglectful. More like unprepared. Due to living in my parent’s house until school starts and not wanting them to really know I take pictures of books (they’ll ask too many questions) AND having no props – I suck. I have infrequent posts. Sorry to those who might follow me. When I move and get better props, I’ll have more photos up! Continue reading July 2016 RECAP // Books and Not Really any Life Updates…

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda // An Adorable Contemporary Mystery (of Love)

simon vs thsaAuthor: Becky Albertalli

Published: April 7th, 2015 by HarperAudio

Length: 6 hours & 45 minutes

Narrator: Michael Crouch

Genres: young adult // LGBT+ // contemporary


This has so many realistic aspects! The characters were so real. It was such an adorable read and quite a suspenseful mystery for a contemporary! OMG, seriously… I LIKED IT SO MUCH. 5 scales, all the way.

Recommended if you like:

  • real characters, real high school drama done so well
  • an identity mystery that keeps you guessing!
  • a fantastic main character
  • flirting at cuteness (and sometimes awkwardness) level 9000
  • oreos

Continue reading Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda // An Adorable Contemporary Mystery (of Love)

TTT // Top 10 Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About

Another Top Ten Tuesday post!

TTT was created by the Broke and the Bookish and this weeks theme is……*drum roll*…

Actually, I put it in the title, so….surprise! Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them! This one sounds so fun to me. Granted, I have to think back to everything books have piqued my interest toward, which took some time, but I did it!

Let’s just get right to it, then!


1. Travel

This will probably be a common one, but books really do make you want to travel! For example, after reading the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by the magnificent Laini Taylor, I want to go to Prague SO. BADLY. That place is next on my list, whenever that may be… And the UK after reading books set there.

And even fantasy books make me want to travel, but to the hidden places – beautiful forests, old ruins, caverns, etc. I just want to find magical places.

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) // Pynch?? and Epic Cavern Adventures!

blue lily, lily blueAuthor: Maggie Stiefvater

Published: October 21st 2014 by Scholastic Press

Pages: 391

Genres: young adult // mystery // supernatural


THINGS HAPPENED. Shit got realer. Those first 2 books were definitely to set things up and events have taken place at a faster pace (heh, rhymed) in this one! Magic, tragedy, suddenness, songs, fear… New facets to this mystery. And the cliffhanger… I guess there’d be no 4th book if a huge PROBLEM doesn’t arise! Stupidity… I was very happy with the jump in pace and magical occurrences in this installment. I can’t wait to get my hands on The Raven King and see how this all ends…

DON’T DIE, GANSEY.

(And is this cover not GORGEOUS? It’s really quite simple, but green and blue are my 2 favorite colors, you can see the paint strokes, it’s all nature-y, gah! One of my favorite covers, ever.) Continue reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) // Pynch?? and Epic Cavern Adventures!

Tracefinder: Contact (Tracefinder #1) // Undercover Drug Bust + a Dash of Gay Love

tracefinder: contactAuthor: Kaje Harper

Published: January 8th 2016 by Smashwords Edition

Pages: 451

Genres: gay fiction // contemporary // mystery > crime // tiny psychic detail

*this book contains sexual content*


YES – SLOW-BUUUUUURN. I love slow-burn, especially when it has sexual tension.

This definitely seems to be categorized more in the gay fiction area rather than pure M/M romance, but there is definitely romance to be had. The main focus is the undercover cop plot. One problem I’ve had is that the pure romance ones put plots like this on the back burner and so it’s kind of boring and doesn’t do much for the story. However, this one is brought forward and I’ve still had problems with cop story lines not being exciting enough, but I actually quite enjoyed this one! I don’t know if I’m biased, though, because it does have an extremely subtle psychic aspect. A good read, indeed! Continue reading Tracefinder: Contact (Tracefinder #1) // Undercover Drug Bust + a Dash of Gay Love

3 Days, 3 Quotes // Day 3

It’s day 3! And if you missed out on Day 1 or Day 2…just click on those right there. I was originally tagged by Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger.

RULES: For 3 consecutive days, share favorite quotes or ones that have impacted you – 1 per day. Then tag 3 people on each day. (…not sure if I can)

We about to get real up in here.

I literally found this only recently on a Tumblr page, so I have no idea who the author of this quote is – it was just an asexual quotes page. It had some good ones, but I liked this short and sweet one.

(This focuses on the sexuality, not the romanticism (i.e. pan-romantic), so this is only part of what some may feel about it)

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Yes, I know this is a generalization and that other sexualities probably look for those flowers on their hearts, too. But I think this is still a great poetic representation of the difference asexuality has compared to others.

I like sharing quotes like these and spreading knowledge of asexuality because it can be hard to understand sometimes. Asexuality isn’t just ‘you despise sex’ – some asexuals still have sex if it pleases their partners. There is a huge spectrum for this sexuality, much like any other. This one just means that your mind doesn’t draw conclusions from attraction straight to sexual desire.

You can still love kissing, holding hands, cuddling, any romantic action. Some would rather never have sex, while others may do it because they like seeing their partner happy. You can still totally be attracted to people. You can be asexual, yet bi-romantic, hetero-romantic, demi-romantic, you name it.

What you desire just may be more along the lines of flowers on your heart rather than a flame of desire burning in your stomach.

I will stop there, even though a huge discussion could come of this – and I welcome awesome discussions. I may post other things about this in the future, but for now, this little tidbit!

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Today, I’ll tag…

 Laura @ Boats Against the Current

Aentee @ Read at Midnight

Shannon @ Clockwork Bibliophile

(and remember: you don’t have to do it if you don’t want)

3 Days, 3 Quotes // Day 2

It’s day 2! And if you missed out on Day 1…just click on Day 1 right there. Or Day 3I was originally tagged by Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger.

RULES: For 3 consecutive days, share favorite quotes or ones that have impacted you – 1 per day. Then tag 3 people on each day. (…not sure if I can)

And I tried once again thinking of some great quotes I like. This time, it’s a quote from a book series that I haven’t even read. But I’ve been seeing it everywhere and I love it!

So no real inspiration in this one (maybe after I read the books?). Just beauty.

It’s from the series by Sarah J. Maas – A Court of Thorns and Roses. More specifically, A Court of Mist and Fury.

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‘To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.’
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. ‘To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.’

I gotta get on this SJM bandwagon! (And the V.E. Schwab one because I want to read ADSOM so badly.)

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Today, I’ll tag…

 Jordan @ Fridays and Books

Ariana @ The Quirky Book Nerd

Reg @ She Latitude

(and remember, you don’t have to do it, if you don’t want)

3 Days, 3 Quotes // Day 1

This is my first time doing this! I was tagged by Jessica @ The Awkward Book Blogger – thank you!

RULES: For 3 consecutive days, share favorite quotes or ones that have impacted you – 1 per day. Then tag 3 people on each day. (…not sure if I can)

If you wanna see Day 2 or Day 3…click Day 2 or Day 3…

I’m bad with things like this because I fail to keep track of favorite quotes/lyrics most of the time (v_v’) Shame.

But I did some searching, in books recently read and books read long ago (not all, though, because DEATH)! And I’ve decided to use this one today:

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Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?

I actually just finished A Monster Calls yesterday. I saw there was a trailer and had to check it out. And, hey, that was some deep stuff… And there were several quotes that I liked in there, mostly coming from the monster, heh.

But it takes a look at a painful part of humanity, a grittier part, something people might hide or fear…slipping it under a facade until it can be faced, if ever. I didn’t want to dwell on the more depressing parts of this book, but I recommend you check out other quotes from it; some really good ones.

This one is a bit more lighthearted and one all of us bookworms can relate to, I think.

Stories have so many purposes. Stories can be adventurous, share truths, contain magic, creatures of all shapes and sizes, be violent, involve death, teach lessons, have such heroic or inspiring characters, demonstrate facets of humanity, share pain, open eyes to the struggles of what it means to be human… I mean, the list goes on and on. And everyone will look at those wild stories differently…enjoy different tales, learn different lessons, connect to or understand something…

Who knows what havoc they might wreak?

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I have been neglecting blog hopping with life so in the way, so I’m sorry to tag you guys so often! And you don’t have to do it if you don’t want. But I’ll tag…

Ashleigh @ A frolic through fiction

Gretchen @ chicnerdreads

Jenna @ Fictional Neverland

An Ember in the Ashes (AEitA #1) // A Brutal Desert Adventure

an ember in the ashesAuthor: Sabaa Tahir

Published: April 28th, 2015 by Listening Library

Length: 15 hours & 22 minutes

Narrators: Steve West & Fiona Hardingham

Genres: young adult // dystopian? historical? historical dystopian? // a smidge of fantasy

GOODREADS |


If you couldn’t tell by the “length” hint, I listened to my first audiobook, ever! And I came across a book that I had been seeing everywhere, recently, so I thought I’d start my audio journey with An Ember in the Ashes! Though, no one warned me that once it’s over, it’s like you’ve lost a friend (or friends) telling you an awesome story… *draws in the sand, somberly* Like, when I reached the very end and Steve West read out the publisher stuff, I realized how comfortable I got with his voice! One downside, though, is not knowing how things are spelled! The characters are easy to find, considering they should be listed in the blurb, but I don’t know how to spell the town’s name, for example… Continue reading An Ember in the Ashes (AEitA #1) // A Brutal Desert Adventure

TTT // 10 Facts About Me!

Facts?? About ME?? There has always been discord between me and that… But it can also be fun sometimes. It’s hard for me to think up personal facts, so this took some time.

But what a nice way to get to know me! 

TTT is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish – just a (top) ten countdown (or however many you got) for general or bookish topics!

I don’t have 10 bookish facts, but I’ll do general facts.

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