2019: Week 20 Reading Roundup

Sunday.May.12 – Saturday.May.18

AKA: The week I saw a coyote roaming my neighborhood which pretty much took 10 years off my life because why is it so far away from the mountains???

FINISHED READING: 3

Truly Devious (#1) by Maureen Johnson

​I so enjoyed this book! The mystery is well-plotted and interesting. A true crime obsessed teenage girl is accepted to a prestigious academy with an old, unsolved murder mystery. The cliffhanger though!!! [4*]

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

​Not for me. The basic message is your thoughts control the universe and the universe will give you whatever you want (no work/effort on your part necessary) *major eye roll* [2*

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell (read by Josephine Bailey)

​I listened to the audiobook and was thoroughly impressed by the narration. Each character had their own distinct voice. The story itself is dramatic. Think fairytale, evil stepmother and rebellious stepsister and all. BTW there is no ending! Gaskell passed away before the novel was completed 😥 [4.25*]

CURRENTLY READING: 2

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

My current audiobook. Loving the narration and the story! About 32% through the book.

Travels With Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck has quickly become one of my favorite authors. There’s just something about his writing that really gets to me. It’s simple but deep. Currently about 68% through this novel.

UPCOMING READ: 

Um, idk… probably the ARC below…?

BOOK HAUL: 1

In at the Deep End by Kate Davies

​I won an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway!! I’m really lucky when it comes to winning books haha

PUBLISHED POST(S): 1

My review of The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning can be found HERE

IN OTHER NEWS:

Ahhhhhh!! There is a Nancy Drew television adaptation coming this fall!! OMG!! I am equal parts excited and nervous!! 

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀

2019: Week 19 Reading Roundup

Sunday.May.5 – Saturday.May.11

AKA: the week of shiny new ARC’s + HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!! ❤

FINISHED READING: 3

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

​A good mystery but Philip Marlowe’s characterization felt off for some reason. Plus, the ending was neatly tied up. [3.5*]

Trump and Me by Mark Singer 

​A short and funny book about one journalist’s experience with whatshisface [3*]

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

​SO DAMN GOOD!!! It was unexpectedly funny. Very insightful. Perfection. My favorite parts were the blog posts (they were real thinkers!) [4.5*]

CURRENTLY READING: 2

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

My current audiobook. Really enjoying it. About 42% through.

Truly Devious (#1) by Maureen Johnson

I’ve been wanting to read this YA mystery for a while now. Barely started it so I don’t really know how I feel about it yet.

UPCOMING READ:

Idk!

BOOK HAUL: 2

Twenty-one Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks

An ARC I won through a Goodreads giveaway! 😀

The Virtue of Sin by Shannon Schuren 

An ARC I received from BookishFirst! I actually used my points to claim a copy of this book 😀

PUBLISHED POST(S): 1

My review of How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox can be found HERE

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 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! 😀

2019: Week 10 Reading Roundup

Sunday March 3 – Saturday March 9

(AKA the week my baby brother got into college!!!! :D) 

FINISHED READING: 5! (yeah, I’m kind of surprised by that number as well haha)

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare

​UGGGH! *bangs head against wall* That’s it. That’s my review. [3*]

Dumplin’ (#1) by Julie Murphy

​Whoo!! Yes!! My Bookish Giveaway win came through!! Because let me tell you, Willowdean is my homegirl! Loved her humor. Loved her sense of being. Loved loved loved her. Also, um, hello Bo 😉 [5*]

(P.S. The Netflix movie adaptation wasn’t so great :/

Heart Berries: A Memoir by Terese Marie Mailhot

​A memoir unlike any I’ve ever read or listened to before. Mailhot talks about her experience as a Native American woman and her mental illness. An unexpectedly poetic style. Took a bit of getting used to. But a nice experience. Even though the subject matter was a bit tough at times. [3*]

Lady Susan/The Watsons/Sanditon by Jane Austen

​Three semi-finished manuscripts. Lady Susan is written in epistolary form and has an evil MC. The Watsons gave me Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park vibes. Sanditon has a half-mulatto character. The most diversity I’ve ever encountered in a Jane Austen novel. It would have been interesting to see what she did with the character. [3*]

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

​I got an ARC through First to Read and I am forever thankful because I devoured this book! Esme is a strong, single mother who takes every opportunity offered to better herself and provide for her family. Adored her. And I absolutely swooned over Khai. Full Review To Come 😉

CURRENTLY READING: 0

As of writing this post, nothing haha. I just finished reading The Bride Test so I’m not reading anything at the moment.

UPCOMING READ: 

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Can’t wait! Can’t wait! Can’t wait!

BOOK HAUL: 3

Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

One of my favorite books that I recommend every chance I get haha. It’s great to finally have a copy!

The Haunted Bridge (Nancy Drew #15) by Carolyn Keene

I’m building my Nancy Drew collection one book at a time. Plus, I remember relating to Nancy in this story.

The Clue of the Hissing Serpent (The Hardy Boys #53) by F.W. Dixon

Still collecting Stratemeyer Syndicate books.

Phew! A lot of reading done this week.
 


HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE!
😀

2019: Week 9 Reading Roundup

Sunday February 24 – Saturday March 2

(AKA the week I made an instagram account for the first time ever. Bahahaha. Yeah.)

FINISHED READING: 4
Lucky: A Memoir by Alice Sebold

​Oh.My.Goodness! It’s like an SVU episode. Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, it does! And to think this is her memoir. This ALL happened. It’s a lot. In a nutshell, Alice Sebold goes into incredible detail about her rape in college, the ensuing investigation, the trial, and her life afterwards. She is very self-aware and has a wry sense of humor. Read this book! [5/5*]

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

​The audiobook was a bit dry for my taste. I kept zoning out, but surprisingly I don’t think I missed much. So this book has that going for it. Other than that, I was a bit annoyed by the fact that the controversies surrounding the brothers weren’t discussed. I had to Google it all myself. It is informational, but not very comprehensive in scope. [3/5*]

The Complete Collected Poems by Maya Angelou

​My month-long read in honor of Black History month. Angelou’s way with words is simply stunning. With a single word or phrase she can evoke so much emotion. Ah, true poetry. Wonderful! [5/5*]

The BFG by Roald Dahl

​I listened to the audiobook which is amazing by the way. The BFG sounded like Hagrid lmao. And the added sound effects and music were an exciting bonus. Seriously. I know the production was probably geared towards kids, but I was thoroughly entertained haha. Plus the story is sweet. [4/5*]

CURRENTLY READING: 1

The Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare

As I write this post, I am 77% through the book. I’ve been waiting forever to read the conclusion to this particular series. And I find myself constantly wanting to bang my head against a wall. It’s frustrating me to no end how unnecessarily long this book is. 

UPCOMING READ:

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
I’ve put off watching the film on Netflix because I want to read the book first. This week it will happen!

Also, in honor of Women’s History Month I will only be reading/listening to books written by women. 

BOOK HAUL: 13
It happened again. I wound up at my library’s bookstore. D’oh! I had an unexpected day off, so I picked up my Goddaughter from school and we went to the library. And then we went to Target which had a sale on Dr. Seuss books because it was Geisel’s birthday week. Yeah, we both went a little overboard on our book buying that day haha. 

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Accidentally bought it thinking it was The Sun is Also a Star. *face palm*

The Muse by Jessie Burton

Okay, I read The Miniaturist and was bored by the story. But the writing was actually okay. So I kind of want to see how this book is. Plus the cover is gorgeous. 

Fire in the Blood by Irène Némirovsky

I still have to read Suite Française but as soon as I saw this book I knew I had to have it. 

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book so I’m very excited to read it. 

Paula by Isabel Allende

It’s in spanish!!! The first spanish novel I ever read (and owned) was Retrato en Sepia which I bought at an airport in Barcelona. Took me forever to read but I loved it. And now, here is the second spanish novel I will own and it’s by the same author! Kismet ya’ll. 

The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

Adding to my Nicholas Sparks collection. I’ve only read 1 so far haha. Wait… this is a sequel to The Notebook?? 😮

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

I’ve been wanting to read this book forever and the cover has a dog on it. Had to buy it. 

The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder

Sophie’s World is one of my favorite books and I recommend it to everyone pretty much every chance I get. This is by the same author and I cannot wait to see what journey this book will take me on!!

Lone Eagle of the Border (Ted Scott Flying Stories #8) by F.W. Dixon

As soon as I saw F.W. Dixon on the spine I knew I was buying it. It’s a Stratemeyer Syndicate book and I’ve gotten into the habit of buying them.

Tom Swift and His Jetmarine (Tom Swift Jr. #2) by Victor Appleton II

Another Stratemeyer Syndicate book! 

The Mystery at Devil’s Paw (The Hardy Boys Series #38) by F.W. Dixon

Again, a Stratemeyer Syndicate book. Plus, I think I found the unrevised version… um, yeah. Apparently it’s high-key racist so it will be… an experience. 

Seuss-isms! A Guide to Life for Those Just Starting Out… and Those Already on Their Way by Dr. Seuss

All the words of wisdom from different Dr. Seuss stories packed into one. Yes!

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

An ARC I got from BookishFirst. I am so hyped to read this book!!

Ha! This post turned out to be longer than I expected! It was a great book week though! 


HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE!
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2019: Week 8 Reading Roundup 

Sunday.February.17 – Saturday.February.23

AKA the week it snowed in LA, thus further proving that climate change is real…

FINISHED READING: 2

The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

​The book is so much better than the Disney film! A moralistic children’s story that still has some wisdom in it for adults. [4*

Slayer (#1) by Kiersten White

​A good spinoff but it kind of fell short for me. Didn’t care much for any of the characters. I did love the fact that the MC has a Redheads in Literature book collection.  [3.5*]

CURRENTLY READING: 3

The Complete Collected Poems by Maya Angelou
About 83% through my month-long read of this collection.

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
About 85% through this audiobook. Very informational but I keep zoning out of it. 

Lucky: A Memoir by Alice Sebold
I am currently about 65% through the book. Sebold recounts the details of her rape when she was a freshman in college. It is… brutal. Graphic. And full of wit. Will probably finish this book tonight. 


UPCOMING READ:

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare
I’ve been waiting for this book FOREVER! Snatched it up as soon as I saw it was available on OverDrive. I am excited and so ready to move on from the Shadowhunter world. 

BOOK HAUL: 5

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Homage to Barcelona by Colm Tóibín

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

​So it happened. I actually managed to make it to the library while their bookstore was open! I only had 10 minutes to browse though. But I think I did okay 🙂

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀

Book Haul: December 2018 Edition

Hello everyone! *waves arm wildly* December was an interesting month. I disappeared from the blogosphere. I’m still lagging actually. But that’s something I mean to rectify soon. I also  spent a lot of money on books. But they were all gifts I bought for others. So I didn’t think I would have a book haul for December. Yet, here we are haha. These were all gifted to me during the holidays 🙂

FROM TOP TO BOTTOM:

Trump and Me by Mark Singer 

I know absolutely nothing about this book. Zero. But my sister bought it for me. Because it’s about Trump? This will be wild.

The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel García Márquez
My sister knows that I’ve enjoyed his works in the past. So I’m actually pretty excited to read this one. 

I am Malala: The Story of the Girl That Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb
Yes!!! I want to read this book so badly!!! 

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
A gift from BFF. She recently listened to me talk endlessly about A Thousand Splendid Suns. As with any Hosseini book, I need to emotionally prepare before I take this book on.

The Great American Read: The Book of Books: Explore America’s 100 Best-Loved Novels by Jessica Allen and PBS
When my sister asked me what I wanted for Christmas, this was it. This was the only book I asked for. I watched the television series and was extremely excited to have this book in my hands. That is, until I started going through it. It’s poorly edited. And I mean poorly. For example, on one page there is a fact about Alexandre Dumas. But on the following page, it attributes that particular fact to his father! What gives?! Talk about copy and paste/editing gone wrong!! And, I’ve only gotten through 25 of the 100 books…

When I told my loved ones I wanted to read more diversely, they really came through! I’m grateful to have them in my life ❤ Ah, lots of great books. I should also mention that the likelihood of future book hauls are pretty slim. With the new year came a new work schedule. Which means I won’t be able to make it to my library’s book store! I have a large physical TBR so perhaps this may be a good thing…

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀