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! 😀

2019: Week 11 Reading Roundup

Sunday March 10 – Saturday March 16

(AKA the week of inner turmoil. But at least my anxiety hasn’t gotten out of control. So, yay! )

BOOKS READ: 2

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

​Phenomenal book!! Review should be up on Monday… Or you can check out my full-review on Goodreads here

Wildcard (Warcross #2) by Marie Lu

​I love Marie Lu. But this duology did not do it for me. The characters seemed off. And the storyline could have been stronger. I did like this book better than the first one though. [3*]

CURRENTLY READING: 3

Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay

My current audiobook. I’m not enjoying it quite as much as I thought I would. I’ve been listening to this for about a week and am only a little over halfway through it. There are a lot of essays…

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

A bit all over the place. The narrative jumps from politics to family history to personal story and back again. It’s also not in any kind of chronological order so its taken a bit to get my brain wrapped around this writing style. About a quarter of the way through it. 

The Book of Dreams by Nina George

An ARC I got through First to Read. Soulful and heartbreaking. Should be finished by today. 

UPCOMING READ: 

Um, idk. Probably an ARC I’m supppsed to read… Honestly? Who knows haha.

PUBLISHED POST(S): 1

Review of: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Ha! Yes. I wrote an actual full-length review. I put off writing it for so long (I actually finished the book all the way back in January)! 

More ARC reviews should be up this week! Hopefully. So keep an eye out! 



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!
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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!
😀

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! 😀

2019: Week 7 Reading Roundup

Sunday.February.10 – Saturday.February.16

AKA the week I finished a monster of a book and was super-productive (in reading/blogging terms)

BOOKS READ: 4

An Education: My Life Might Have Turned Out Differently if I Had Just Said No by Lynn Barber


Listened to the audiobook. It was an okay book. I much preferred the film (of the same name) as it dramatized an unusual part of Lynn Barber’s life. An excerpt from the book discussing how this memoir came to be can be found here [3*]

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


A richly, atmospheric story. Absolutely loved this book and its parallels to Jane Eyre. [5*]

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo


A month and a half later, I finally finished this 1800 page book!! An incredible masterpiece. The story surprisingly flies by and I enjoyed the history lessons. [5*]

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion


The MC reminded me of Sheldon Cooper  haha. It’s an odd, kind of uplifting, surprisingly funny book. [4*]


CURRRENTLY READING: 2

The Complete Collected Poems by Maya Angelou

This is my month-long read. I am about 60% of the way through the collection. 

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

My current audiobook. About 50% through and it’s okay. I actually don’t know much about the brothers so I’m learning quite a bit. Although, I know there’s some kind of controversy around them?

UPCOMING READ: 2

The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

One of the book picks for Never too Late to Read Classics. I actually loathe the Disney movie so this should be a fairly interesting read. It’s pretty short so hoping to get through it quickly enough so I can get to…

Slayer by Kiersten White

I was browsing through OverDrive when I saw it was available!!

BOOK HAUL: 1

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Won in a Bookish Giveaway! Haven’t watched the film yet because I wanted to read the book first. I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about it so I was very excited when I won and my copy arrived in the mail! 


PUBLISHED REVIEW POSTS: 1!

Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen

It’s been a looong time since I posted a review of a book. So, this is an accomplishment. Highly recommend the book. 

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀

2019: Week 6 Reading Roundup

Sunday February 3-Saturday February 9
(AKA: the week of audiobooks)

BOOKS READ:

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

​The audiobook is narrated by Haddish herself, and it is one of the funniest things ever. Her stories are heart-wrenching, but the way she finds humor in even the bleakest of situations… wow. Audiobook is highly recommended. [5*]

El Amante Liberal by Miguel de Cervantes

​A short novella about love. Um, I listened to the spanish narration which was great. There were background noises and music that really added to the overall tale. The story itself was okay. Dude loves girl, girl says “no thanks”, girl gets kidnapped, dude rescues girl, they live happily ever after. [2.75*]

CURRENTLY READING: 4

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Yep, still reading this beast. About 89% done. So hoping to finish it sometime this week?!

The Complete Collected Poems by Maya Angelou
Every night I read a few poems and I am loving it. I’m not a huge poetry person, but now I see the difference between these poems and the so-called “instagram poets” (Rupi Kaur, etc.). 

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Another book I am really enjoying! I find that I have to pace myself with this one, though. I’m taking my time with it. 

An Education by Lynn Barber
My current audiobook. I watched the movie years ago and didn’t realize it was based on a memoir until I saw it on OverDrive! It’s a surprisingly quick listen, and rather interesting. 

UPCOMIMG READ: IDK!
I’m reading so many books at once, I have no clue when I’ll finish or what book I’ll be in the mood to pick up afterwards. 

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀

2019: Week 5 Reading Roundup

Sunday January 27-Saturday February 2

(AKA my birthday week! 😉 )

BOOKS READ: 3

American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst by Jeffrey Toobin

​A detailed look at Patty Hearst’s kidnapping in the 1970’s by the SLA. Listened to the audiobook and it was well-narrated. Definitely a gripping story. [4*]

The Great American Read: The Book of Books: Explore America’s 100 Best-Loved Novels by Jessica Allen

​Terribly edited, but still very informational. Plus the cover is gorgeous. (Same design beneath the dust jacket)! Although the little mini book summaries are full of spoilers. (I don’t mind, but I know spoilers are a big thing for most readers). Enjoyed the extra little tidbits. Would have liked a final ranking of the 100 books inside. [3*]

Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen

​I cried pretty much the whole time I was reading this ARC. Full RTC…

CURRENTLY READING: 2

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

As of writing this post, I am 76% of the way through. 

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

My current audiobook. Started listening to it on Friday and I am now about 45% of the way through it.

UPCOMING READ: 1

The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou 

In honor of Black History Month, I am going to take my time with this collection. I plan to read a handful of poems every day, this whole month.

And that’s been my reading this week. 

HAPPY BLOGGING EVERYONE! 😀