2019 to be read

Okay so I know the title of this blog post might seem a bit premature or strange, but I hope you’ll wait it out for a moment. I wanted to make a list of books that I have either had on my shelf for a while or they came out throughout 2018. I either own these books or would like to own them in the near future. I figured this might be a good way to sort of dive into reading again.

Books I Own

  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab – This book was recommended and bought for me by someone I know in the book community. I got about 70 pages in it before I put it down. The story line behind this book is amazing which is why I want to pick it up again rather soon. 
  • Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World  by Rachel Ignotofsky – Another book that was gifted to me by a different friend in the book community. I’m an Environmental Science major so I knew that the moment I saw this book for the first time that I needed it. The book itself is such a cute yet inspiring little thing.

Books I Do Not Own

  • The Wicker King by K. Ancrum – I saw that a new book club popped up on my goodreads feed and they are reading this for January.  I have been eyeballing this book for a while so this is the perfect reason to pick it up. This is a blog post that has more details about the book club if you are interested!
  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi – I have seen quite a bit of buzz floating around for this book. I love the way she writes so this book has been on my radar for a while. I would love to get my hands on a copy in the new year!

Do you guys have any books that are at the top of your list for 2019? 

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2019 Resolutions

It’s my favorite time of year once again where I look back on my resolutions for 2018 and figure out what they should be for 2019. I will admit that 2018 was a rough year due to transferring schools, moving, falling in and out of love with blogging, and just so many things. The problem is I never made a formal post this year about my resolutions which is insane to me. I wanted to focus more on a lot of things this year which honestly didn’t always work out. I wanted to be more active in the blogging community, I wanted to read more, I wanted to start producing videos, and you know that’s okay. I am going to stop rambling and go more into my resolutions for the new year. 

  • Read – This goal is simple enough that I should be able to manage it. I have neglected the idea of reading over the past year in favor of other things. Books have always been my escape when things got tough in my life. I need to bring that back so my overall goal is to read more in general whether it’s 10 pages a day to a book a week. 
  • Active – I don’t mean just in the blogging community but my social media and real life as well. I have been sort of neglecting a lot of things over the past year. I need to push myself to be more active in all aspects of my life.
  • Social – I am not an overly social person, but that is something that I have been working on especially the past few months. I want to expend my social group.

Do you guys have any resolutions for the new year? Feel free to leave them down below!

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life update: where I’ve been and the future

I am sure you are wondering where I have been the past few months. I transferred to a new university which took a bit of getting used to due to living on campus and different class set ups. I have been wanting to come back to the book blogging community for a while now. You are all so lovely and make me feel at home. I guess that brings me to the future portion of this blog post.  My goal is to not write a novel so I need to stop rambling.

  • I plan to start off slow with about two posts a week starting next Tuesday. I will be on winter break by Thursday so I should be reading more along with more time to write blog posts.
  • I currently have a small server to sort of spill my thoughts about things so if you are interested the link is here.
  • My goodreads currently reading as been cleared to give myself a fresh start for the rest of 2018 and going into 2019.

I hope that you are all are ready for the journey with me. It’s going to take a bit to find the right rhythm and adjust to being back! Tell me about things that have been going on in your life or some of your current reads!

The Girl from the Other Side : Volume One by Nagabe

30139736 How do I express my love for this manga without writing a full novel about it? I picked this up on a whim because over the past year I have fallen out of love with manga and anime. I think it’s because I have been so set on college, moving, and all the crazy things life throws at us. I honestly loved this little manga because it was everything I wasn’t expecting. I expected there to be a lot of darkness, confusion, and intrigue which there was intertwined with cute little moments.

I love the dynamic between the little girl and the creature. There’s a definite father/daughter relationship between the two especially since the little girl was just dumped on the other side. The ending of this ended in such a massive cliffhanger. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next volume to know what happens. There is some violent scenes throughout the manga so if that is something that may bother you…I do not recommend it.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars Read: June 1st – 2nd

Additional Information

Goodreads Link

Pages: 180

Genre: Manga & Fantasy

Synopsis: 

In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins. 

This is a story of two people–one human, one inhuman–who linger in the hazy twilight that separates night from day.

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl [Review + Giveaway]

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I am one of the stops on the blog tour for one of my most highly anticipated books of 2018. I wanted to thank Rockstar Book Tours for giving me the chance to be a stop. I was given an ARC of this book through the publishing company & Rockstar Book Tours.

Book Information

Neverworld Wake (1)Title: NEVERWORLD WAKE

Author: Marisha Pessl

Pub. Date: June 5, 2018

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 336

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazonAudibleB&NiBooksTBD

Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her six best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim—their creative genius and Beatrice’s boyfriend—changed everything.


One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft—the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world—hoping she’ll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim’s death. But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she’s never going to know what really happened.


Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers–and at life.

My Review

Marisha Pessl wrote the Night Film which is a book I really enjoy so I knew I had to pick this up. She wrote a Young Adult novel for crying out loud! I honestly couldn’t wait to get my hands on this bad boy.  This story sort of gave me Breakfast Club vibes with more mystery. It was everything that I had expected from Marisha Pessl. The story itself gave me a lot of the same kind of spooky vibes that Night Film gave me. I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next to these kids.

It’s definitely on the darker side for a YA thriller. I think she did a really good job bringing the characters to life. There was a lot of mystery and intrigue throughout the whole novel. It’s perfect for anyone who is looking into getting into thrillers but still want that science fiction/fantasy element.

Overall, I gave it 4 stars out of five stars. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested for something a little spooky with an interesting cast of characters.

About The Author

2362Marisha Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and now lives in New York City. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her debut novel, was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. It won the 2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Her new novel, Night Film, comes out August 20, 2013.

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Giveaway

3 winners will receive a finished copy of NEVERWORLD WAKE, US Only. You can find the link for the rafflecopter here.

Tour Schedule

Week One:

6/1/2018- YA Books Central– Excerpt

Week Two:

6/4/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt

6/5/2018- Bookish Lifestyle– Review

6/6/2018- Tea With Mermaids Review

6/7/2018- Trendy Simple Life– Review

6/8/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

 Week Three:

6/11/2018- Books Coffee and Repeat– Review

6/12/2018- Nerdophiles– Review

6/13/2018- Life of a Literary Nerd– Review

6/14/2018- Jena Brown Writes– Review

6/15/2018- Once Upon a Twilight– Review

 Week Four:

6/18/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

6/19/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

6/20/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

6/21/2018- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

6/22/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert– Review

 Week Five:

6/25/2018- BookHounds YA– Review

6/26/2018- Under the Book Cover– Review

6/27/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

6/28/2018- Hauntedbybooks– Review

6/29/2018- The Cover Contessa– Excerpt

Summer Bucketlist

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I put a poll up on twitter to see what you guys might be interested in seeing next on my blog. Summer bucket list is the option that won so here we are with all my goals for the summer. They will be split up into lifestyle and bookish goals.

Lifestyle
  • Learn how to Paddleboard
  • Go on a hike
  • Thrift with my friends
  • Unpack my room
  • Spend time with friends and family
Book Related
  • Finish 2 book series
  • Read at least 3 books a month
  • Set up my bookshelves

 

You may have noticed that some of my goals revolve around unpacking and setting things up. I am actually about to move this weekend to our new house in a new state. I’m going to have space to actual bookshelves and be able to customize my space. I am really excited for this new chapter of my life. Do you guys have any summer bucketlist goals?

May Book Haul

Okay so I have picked up a few books over the past month. It doesn’t help that my birthday is in a few weeks aka June 6th so I shouldn’t be picking up more books. I have a book buying problem alright? I told myself no more books since I’m also finally moving house in two days. It’s a problem.

Books I Bought

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  • Circe by Madeline Miller which I sort of picked up like mid April from BOTM because it was one of my highly anticipated releases for 2018.
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco has been on my wishlist for ages since everyone on this book server I am on adores this book. I picked it up after spending three hours at Barnes and Noble with my friend the other day.
  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi was a book that I was uncertain if I wanted because I didn’t love Shatter Me as much as everyone else did. I heard some pretty decent reviews for Furthermore so I decided to pick it up. Books-A-Million had it on sale for 6 bucks so it was too good to pass up.
Arcs I Have Received
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  •  What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera aka ARE WE EVEN SURPRISED??? Okay I put in a request for this via Edelweiss just to see if maybe I could get an arc of it. I got the email today which I figured it was a decline. I nearly cried from excitement. These two literally wrote a book baby together which is #goals.

Okay so those are the books I picked up in the month of May. I will probably have a big book haul for June since it’s my birthday month. I am still in shock over that arc so I probably won’t shut up about it for a while.