2020: Week 4 Reading Roundup

Sunday.19.January – Saturday.25.January

A sub-par reading week :/

FINISHED READING: 2

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

I listened to this on audiobook. It has both the English and Italian versions. Lahiri details her urge to learn italian and how she relates to the different languages she already knows. While I found parts of the book enlightening and relatable, I wasn’t completely captivated. {3*}

The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel García Márquez

The story is a somewhat romanticized account of General Simón Bolívar’s last months of life. I found the writing disjointed. The reminiscences are mixed in with the “present” which left me confused. There’s a lot about his, ahem, prowess. (AKA how many different girls he slept with and in which towns). Gag. I had to power through this read. {2.75*}

CURRENTLY READING: 1

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson


My audiobook loan finally came through! I am a little over 3 hours into it and oh, my. So much injustice and lack of humanity. 

UPCOMING READ:

I have 6 options from my physical TBR to consider. 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (The one I’m leaning towards)

Never Grow Up by Jackie Chan

Becoming by Michelle Obama

La casa de los espíritus by Isabel Allende

PUBLISHED POST(S):

My take on American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins can be found HERE

IN OTHER NEWS:

Anyone else watching Sanditon on PBS?? I am so loving it!!

Oh, and Anne With an “E” on Netflix! I know, I’m late. I didn’t like the show when it first came out but I’ve spent the past week binging the last 2 seasons. It grew on me! So sad it was canceled… 

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀

2020: Week 2 & Week 3 Reading Roundup

Sunday.5.January – Saturday.11.January

Sunday.12.January – Saturday.18.January

So I said I was back and then dropped the ball on blogging. Sorry!! Still trying to get back into the groove of things 🙂


FINISHED READING:
5

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

* Thank you BookishFirst for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own and based solely on the galley provided *

Expected Publication Date: March.3.2020

This is Marie Lu’s first foray into YA historical fiction and I must say, it is fabulous. It follows the story of Nannerl, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s older sister. She longs to be remembered as a composer but knows the reality of it happening is slim. Not because of her lack of talent (she is a child prodigy), but because she is a girl. The story also has fantasy elements, inspired by a fictional world created by the real Mozart children. {4.5*

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates


This book is part-memoir. Coates gives brief insight into how/why he was inspired to write various articles, followed by said publication. The article that really got me thinking was The Case for Reparations (which you can read HERE). I found it very thought-provoking and incredibly well-written. {3.75*}

We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories From Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousafzai

The book begins with Malala recounting her own experience with being an IDP (Internally Displaced Person) when the Taliban moved into her hometown. In each subsequent chapter, the reader is introduced to a different young girl from around the world that details her own harrowing experience with being a refugee. A must-read! {4.75*}

Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

* Thank you BookishFirst for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my own and based solely on the copy provided. *

A beautiful mix of fantasy and Bolivian culture. The basis of the story is inspired by real events. In Inkasisa, the indigenous Llacsan people have revolted, wresting power from the ruling Illustrians. The new King Atoc, hopes to solidify the legitimacy of his rule by marrying the sole surviving royal, Catalina the Condesa. But since the overthrow when she was 8 years old, the real Condesa’s identity is hidden, being replaced by a decoy named Ximena Rojas. And it is her story that we follow as she wrestles with feelings of loyalty and self. {4.5*}

Ghost (Track #1) by Jason Reynolds


Castle “Ghost” Cranshaw is a troublesome middle school student. Three years before, he and his mother survived a traumatic experience that resulted in his father being imprisoned for 10 years. Now, Ghost joins a track team with a coach that tries to keep him out of trouble. Ghost doesn’t change overnight. He still gets into trouble, but you can see his mentality begin to transform. It’s a relatable read. Reminded me of my thieving days, when I used to steal stuff from the Scholastic Book Fairs. Ha! {4*}


CURRENTLY READING:
2

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
I barely started listening to this audiobook. Not even half an hour through it but can already relate to wanting to learn Italian haha.

The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel García Màrquez
Have only read about 30 pages so far. It’s based on General Simón Bolívar, “The Liberator”. Seems okay so far. 

UPCOMING READ:
Hopefully my audiobook loan of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson comes through! OverDrive has been telling me “Available Soon” for the past week smh.

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀

2020: Week 1 Reading Roundup

Sunday.29.December.2019 – Saturday.4.January.2020 

The first week of 2020 is over and I’ve managed to read 3 amazing books, making progress on my personal AOC challenge.

FINISHED READING: 3

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story by Debbie Tung


This is a wonderful little book. It made me feel so completely understood. It features a college-aged Debbie making her way through college and feeling a bit like an outsider. The comics are lovely and really capture the introvert life {5*}

Book Love by Debbie Tung


Another Debbie Tung comic! This one resonated with my bookish life. The comics are once again lovely, but there is a certain something lacking in this book. There was no “aha” moment. So while I really did like this book, I am not head over heels in love with it. Still enjoyable though {4*}

Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller

If there is one book that should be required reading this year, this is it. Everyone needs to experience this book. Chanel Miller is Emily Doe, the Stanford rape victim. Her story is harrowing. I cried through pretty much the whole audiobook (that she narrates!). Her writing is thoughtful and eloquent. I was heartbroken, angry, empowered. As a fellow gaucho alum, I may be a little biased. But seriously, I cannot recommend this book enough. Read it, read it, read it. {5*}

CURRENTLY READING: 2

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

An ARC I received through BookishFirst. As soon as I saw Marie Lu’s name, I knew I had to have it. The cover is stunning. And the story is so good!! Ahh, my heart is happy.

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I’m only half an hour into this audiobook and I am already enjoying it. It is just so incredibly relevant. 

UPCOMING READ: 

Um, I’m not sure! I’m not that far into my current reads so who knows what book I’ll be in the mood to read after.

PUBLISHED POST(S): 1

The one where I make my blogging return: New Year, New Bookish Resolutions

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀

2019: Week 21 Reading Roundup

Sunday.May.19 – Saturday.May.25

AKA: Honor a veteran and remember the sacrifice of those no longer with us ❤

FINISHED READING: 5

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

​A quick audiobook listen. Written in verse, the book is an incredibly relatable story of Xiomara, a teen girl in New York. The hype is real! [5*]

Travels With Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

​Steinbeck and his dog, Charley, embarked on a cross-country trip across America. It’s beautifully perceptive. [3.5*]

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (read by Philip Franklin)

​A cautionary tale. At least, that’s the way I choose to interpret it. A young man wanders off to the Alaskan wild. Months later his emaciated body is found by a hunter. What happened, and why did he leave everything behind? [3.5*]

Native Son by Richard Wright

​Societal critique with overt Communist ideals. It’s graphic and harrowing. This book is a lot. [3.5*]

In at the Deep End by Kate Davies

​Sexually explicit, but oh so good haha! [RTC]

CURRENTLY READING: 1

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Currently 42% through the audiobook. It’s, um, interesting. 

UPCOMING READ: 1

I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan

I need a horror book in my life right now haha

BOOK HAUL: 1

Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Won this in a Goodreads Giveaway! I waited almost 2 months for this book to arrive. Can’t wait to finally read it! 

PUBLISHED POST(S): 1

Let’s Get Personal: Mental Health Month

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀

2019: Week 18 Reading Roundup

 Sunday.April.28 – Saturday.May.4

AKA: Another good reading week!


FINISHED READING
: 5

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

​Love Morgan Matson!!! Her books are just so feel-good reads. In this story, we have Charlie, the youngest of 5 trying to get her older sister’s wedding back on track after disaster after disaster threaten to ruin the day. Family dysfunction and family love take center stage in this book. It’s unbelievably hectic, and wild and I enjoyed every second of it (even if Charlie did annoy me sometimes). [4*]

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (read by Jim Dale)

​A beautiful and magical tale. One of my absolute favorites. Loved the audiobook! [5*]

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

​A coming-of-age story told through various short stories/vignettes. It’s a beautifully written, quick read. Esperanza (the MC) reminded me of a young me. [4*]

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

OMG!! This book is so damn HILARIOUS!! The stories are ridiculous, and Lawson’s recounting is the best thing ever. I really enjoyed everything she had to say about mental illness. Recommend the audiobook!! [5*]

The Wrong Mother (Spilling CID #3) by Sophie Hannah

​Do not read this as a standalone! You’ll just be as confused as I was. I had no idea it was part of a series. So while I was trying to solve the main mystery, I was also trying to figure out what was going on between all these detectives. The mystery itself is actually really well done. I was a little shocked by the denouement (in a good way). [3.5*]

CURRENTLY READING: 2

Farewell, My Lovely (Philip Marlowe #2) by Raymond Chandler

My goal is to read the whole Philip Marlowe series. I’m about a quarter of the way through this read and while I am enjoying it, it feels a bit… different from The Big Sleep

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Okay, I barely started this book last night so I’m not that far into it yet. But first impression: the MC runs a blog!!! #relatable haha

UPCOMING READ: 1

Audiobook! Which one? Idk. Nothing is really calling to me right now…


IN OTHER NEWS:
 

Today is Cinco de Mayo. So if you want to go and get drunk? Go ahead! Just don’t use this “holiday” as an excuse (especially if it has absolutely nothing to do with your culture i.e. non-Mexican). Seriously. Don’t wear fake mustaches. Don’t wear a sombrero. It’s just plain wrong. Stop appropriating a historical event that has nothing to do with you. For the record, I’m Latina, not Mexican. So I will not be celebrating the Battle of Puebla. Because again, I am not Mexican. And if you’re not either, then you know what NOT to do. 

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀

2019: Week 16 Reading Roundup

Sunday.April.14 – Saturday.April.20

AKA: An incredible reading week!

FINISHED READING: 4

Del amor y otros demonios (Of Love and Other Demons) by Gabriel García Márquez

​A relatively short tale about a 12-year-old girl bitten by a rabid dog. Although she shows no symptoms, she is sent away to a convent where she undergoes various exorcisms to “cure” her of the sickness. The language was a bit difficult for me but I did like the story (for the most part). A 36-year-old man falls in love with the little girl. Yeah. A whole lot of nope at the last 20% of the book. [3*]

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (#1) by Douglas Adams

​Ha! This book is weird but amazing. I can’t even summarize the plot. It’s too indescribable. There’s a mystery involving 2 ghosts, the fate of humanity, and a whole lot of science fiction. Funny and odd, just like the adaptation. [4*]


The Orange Girl
by Jostein Gaarder

​My goodness, this book! A 15-year-old boy reads a long-lost letter his father wrote to him shortly before he died 11 years prior. In it, the father spins a fairytale-like story about meeting the orange girl (the boy’s mother). This book is so therapeutic, that I was sobbing by the end. Because it’s not only about love, but about our very existence in the world. [4*]

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

​The life-story of our foreign-born U.S. Founding Father. I absolutely loved this book!! Because it just goes to show how incredibly hard immigrants have to work to prove themselves just as capable as their colleagues. Hamilton didn’t take anything for granted, using every opportunity he earned, and relentlessly striving to preserve the sanctity of his adopted country’s constitution. He not only fought for the states and created our financial system, but actually shaped our beloved country. One of the best biographies I’ve encountered as it covers all aspects of Alexander Hamilton’s life (i.e. The good, the bad, and the controversies) and the American Revolution. Recommend the audiobook narrated by Scott Brick [5*

CURRENTLY READING: 1

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty 

My 30-Day buddy read. About 76% of the way through. The story is okay. Simply okay. Some things are interesting. But it really hasn’t held me captivated. As of now, it’s looking like a 3* star read. 

UPCOMING READ: 

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

I have this audiobook all ready to go! I am so damn excited!!! 

BOOK HAUL: 9

Anyone else get all 9 books on Amazon for World Book Day?? I can’t say no to free books! Especially since 1 of them was on my TBR haha. 

IN OTHER NEWS:

I know everyone is watching Game of Thrones. But is anyone watching the BBC  Les Misérables adaptation on PBS?? I really liked the first episode!  Hallelujah to the No Singing!! Plus having read the book recently, it seems like a pretty faithful adaptation which makes me very happy 🙂

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀

2019: Week 15 Reading Roundup

Sunday.April.7 – Saturday.April.13

(AKA: The week I fell behind on writing ARC book reviews smh)

FINISHED READING: 3

Puddin’ (Dumplin’ #2) by Julie Murphy

​Just as amazing as Dumplin’. I loved the writing. I loved the way female friendship is portrayed. I loved all the diversity. I loved getting to know Millie and Callie. I loved this book! I want more books within this beautiful universe!!! [4*]

How It Feels to Float
by Helena Fox

​About a teenage girl struggling with her mental health after the death of her father many years before. Really liked this book. RTC! (Eventually…)

As Kismet Would Have It
by Sandhya Menon

​A short story sequel to When Dimple Met Rishi. Honestly, it was pointless. But I still liked it more than the actual book lmao [3*

CURRENTLY READING: 3

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Still making my way through this as part of a 30-Day buddy read on Instagram. About 53% through and it still hasn’t really hooked me. The husband’s secret is scandalous though…

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

This audiobook is long but so good! It’s a nice crash course on early U.S. History. I am about 47% of the way through and absolutely enjoying it. Just worried my OverDrive loan will expire before I finish listening to it…

Del amor y otros demonios (Of Love and Other Demons) by Gabriel García Márquez

My monthly spanish read. I am completely invested in this little girl’s story but am really finding the language difficult. Whomp, whomp. 56% done. 

UPCOMING READ

No clue!

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀

2019: Week 14 Reading Roundup

Sunday.March.31 – Saturday.April.6

AKA: The week I almost fell into a reading slump!

FINISHED READING: 3


The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides
by Aeschylus


A Greek trilogy. It was surprisingly good and easy to read! I really enjoyed The Eumenides. It focused more on the details of why Athena created a justice system. I liked the moral debate that occurred within the trial. [3*]


Cannery Row (
#1) by John Steinbeck

​Steinbeck did it again!! My goodness. The little town in Monterrey, CA is an idyllic place. Through its inhabitants, a beautiful portrait of life is painted. I’ve never related so much to a gopher haha. [4*]

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele

​Powerful. Recommend the audiobook because Khan-Cullors has a strong and soothing voice. She narrates her early life in LA and how and why she became politically active. Super relatable (to me at least). Really got me thinking when she made the comment that most mass shooters in the country have been straight, white men who are rarely (if ever) deemed terrorists. Yet her mentally ill, African-American brother was called a terrorist when he scared a random person on the street. [4*]

CURRENTLY READING: 3

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

A part of a 30-Day buddy read on Instagram. I couldn’t keep track of all the characters so I had to make a chart haha. Not fully gripped by the book yet.

Puddin’ (Dumplin’ #2) by Julie Murphy

Loved Dumplin’ (the book, let’s not talk about the movie). I’m happy to report that I am really liking this one as well!! I am flying through it. Will probably finish it later today.

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Not that far into it but I already know I am going to enjoy listening to this audiobook. Very informational, without being overly-detailed or dense. 

UPCOMING READ:

An ARC probably. 

BOOK HAUL: 2

This week I got 2 ARCs in the mail.

How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox courtesy of BookishFirst. And The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning through a Goodreads Giveaway! 

PUBLISHED POST(S): 1

Review of The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang which can be found HERE

Also, I still haven’t written a review of When Dimple Met Rishi. Should *hopefully* be done this upcoming week though…

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀

2019: Week 13 Reading Roundup

Sunday.March.24 – Saturday.March.30

AKA The week baseball season officially started!! Whoo!


FINISHED READING:
5! (I read multiple books at once + audiobooks + no social life haha)

Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes)
by Lorna Landvik

​I didn’t think I’d finish this book before publishing day. But, I did! It’s a heartwarming tale revolving around an ailing newspaper woman’s column. And like any good column, there are some delicious recipes included! {4*}


Ayesha At Last
by Uzma Jalaluddin

​An eARC I read courtesy of First to Read. First of all, look at this cover! Isn’t it stunning? #InstantCoverLove. Now to the good stuff. This is a Muslim Pride and Prejudice retelling set in modern-day Canada. RTC!


Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
by Mary Roach

​My audiobook for the week. It’s morbidly fascinating all the stuff scientists/researchers do with donated bodies. I was surprised and found the wry humor a nice counterpoint to all the informative bits. If you’re squeamish/easily grossed out, be warned, some parts are a little detailed. {3*}


When Dimple Met Rishi
by Sandhya Menon

​UGH!!! A rant post will probably pop up somewhere around here this week because boy, do I have a lot of feelings about this book. At some point I started hate-reading (which is never a good thing). Here’s the gist: Dimple is “not like other girls“. Gag me with a spoon. {1.5*}

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

​Another eARC courtesy of First to Read. Like the title suggests, this book is about Nina Hill, an introverted bookworm who works in a bookstore. RTC!

CURRENTLY READING: 1

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bendele

My current audiobook listen. I’m not that far into it but I already know I’m going to like it. 

UPCOMING READ: 

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

This is a 30-day buddy read I’m doing with Ashley on Instagram. It’s kind of like a book club, which is pretty cool.
I’m planning to start this today! 

PUBLISHED POST(S):
2

I’m making progress. Slowly but surely easing my way back into my blogging habits!

  • My review of Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes) by Lorna Landvik can be found here
  • My review of The Book of Dreams by Nina George can be found here 

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀

2019: Week 12 Reading Roundup

Sunday March 17 – Saturday March 23

(AKA the week I blog-hopped like I haven’t done so in a long time and boy, did it feel good!)

FINISHED READING: 4

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

​Her life is interesting. Her fight for education is awe-inspiring. But this book is choppy. The writing style is just too random for my taste. There aren’t clear connections between any of the history, autobiography, etc. It meanders too much. {3*}

Bad Feminists: Essays by Roxane Gay


Listened to the audiobook which isn’t narrated by the author. It’s long. A lot of essays. Super opinionated. But intriguing. {3*}

Paula by Isabel Allende

​Read it in español in 4 days. That should tell you how captivated I was by this book. It is a damn heartwrencher! Allende weaves history, memoir, and magical realism into this beautiful book. She wrote this while her daughter was in a year-long coma so we get periodic updates on Paula’s failing health and on Allende’s thoughts and feelings. Excuse me, while I go sob in a corner. {5*}

The Book of Dreams by Nina George

​An ARC that hurt my heart with its beauty. RTC!

CURRENTLY READING: 1

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

A fascinating audiobook. It has moments of odd humor. I’m enjoying it so far and learning a lot. 

UPCOMING READ: 

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

An ARC I have to review. But after Paula I haven’t been able to read anything else…

BOOK HAUL: 1

Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes) by Lorna Landvik

An ARC I received in the mail this week and should probably read ASAP. But I doubt I’ll finish it before its publication date (this Tuesday). 

PUBLISHED POST(S): 1

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams ARC review

I think I may be getting my blogging mojo back!! Whoo! About time!

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀