November Wrap Up + December TBR // sapphicathon, harry xmas to you


We have one more month left of 2017 and I cannot believe it! It’s really surreal. I wasn’t as active in November because school has been in overdrive. In today’s post, I will be wrapping up my November reading and sharing the books and readathon’s I’ll be partaking in for December.

For Read-O-Rama, I read the graphic novel, HONOR GIRL by Maggie Thrash. I loved it a whole lot. It’s a graphic memoir about Maggie Thrash and her summer at an all-girls summer camp. She explores her sexuality and it’s AMAZING!!! If you’re looking for a memoir about a lesbian, I highly recommend.

Next, I read for review, Loving Lakyn by Charlotte Reagan – this is a coming out story and m/m romance with trigger warnings for self-harm; specifically cutting, suicidal thoughts/attempt, and child abuse. I did enjoy it and I want to read Reagan’s debut novel, Just Juliet soon. See my review to find out more of my thoughts!

I also read some of the anthology, Meet Cute. I’ll include it in my End of the Year Wrap-Up because I’m 85% done.

Yep, that was my reading month and I am proud to have read anything during the crazy month of exams and having a paper to write.


This month, I will be participating in Harry Xmas to You – a Harry Potter read-a-long hosted by Maureen Keavy and other booktubers. I want to pick up GOF again. This is the next novel I need to read in the series but I want to try to read it on audio.

Next, from Dec 14-28th I will be participating in Sapphicathon. This is a bingo style readathon focused on F/F romances as the main focus of the book! They don’t get enough recognition and I can’t wait to spend the holiday season reading about cute f/f romances. Here is what I plan to read.  It’s being hosted by TashaAmelieEliseJamieson, and Miriam. You can find out more details here and follow @wlwreadathon on Twitter.

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Bisexual MC and UNDER 500 RATINGS ON GR:  Bearly A Lady by Cassandra Klaw

SF/F: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Friends to Lovers: We are Okay by Nina LaCour 

MC Realises They’re Queer: Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden


There you have it! December is going to be busy reading month, I’m excited to read new f/f romances 🙂

What are you looking forward to reading this month?

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october + halloween read-a-thon wrap up


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I read a total of three books in October. I read one for Halloween Read-A-Thon hosted by Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews  which I participated in.

Here is a recap of the books I read in October!


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This is my new favorite book. I call it, “The Gay Handbook” because it pretty much is. This is a work of non-fiction that focuses on many LGBTQ+ topics such as coming out, HIV/AIDS, and the history of LGBTQ+ and historical figures.

I laughed so much at this and I just adored it!! This is a great resource for those who are questioning or have recently came out, etc.

5 STARS

 

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On a whim, I picked up MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera. This book has gotten so much hype and praise since it’s release in 2015.

I FINALLY read it and it was awesome. This story follows a boy, Aaron who thinks if he gets the Leteo procedure…it will make him straight. The LGBT rep is sooo good and I could really relate to Aaron having a crush on his friend.

This book made me feel many different emotions, however I felt it was slow and I wish it would’ve been a quicker read.  4/5 stars

 

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This was my only read for the Halloween Read-A-Thon and honestly think this book put me right into a slump….it was that good.

This is a great Adult Fiction thriller, I flew through it. We follow the story of a husband and wife, who go to a party and leave their baby in the house. The baby is kidnapped and the plot revolves around the police, the parents of the baby, and the parents of the wife trying to crack the case.

So many twists and turns, until the very end! 5 stars.

 


 

I am pleased with the books that I read this month! They were all very good. I don’t have a TBR set for November, except my Read-O-Rama Round 8 TBR.

 

September Recap: What I Read, Watched, & My Favorites!


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October is HERE!! I love October because I get into reading more Thrillers, a genre I enjoy but I don’t read enough of! Plus, apple cider, pumpkin spice & crisp Autumn weather (I had for like 1 day, but IT’S FINE).

But first, here is my recap for September 2017.


WHAT I READ 

  1. Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks — graphic novel, 4/5 stars, this book was cute, I liked the sibling dynamic & it had some spook to it. I enjoyed it but it didn’t blow me away. 11389398
  2. RUN by Kody Keplinger — I really enjoyed this book! It has great representation and it is #ownvoices. We meet Agnes, a blind girl (like Kody!) who is sick of her parents treating her differently due to her disability and Bo, a misfit who is constantly taking care of her unstable mother and she identifies as bisexual. This is such a nice friendship story about two genuine best friends who run from town. Highly recommend.

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WHAT I WATCHED

I watched these pretty quickly and they are both on Netflix.

Fuller House released part 1 of their third season. I’ve been watching Fuller House since it’s Netflix premiere and I have been enjoying it!

One Day At a Time was recommended to me to watch because it has LGBT rep + a coming out story. It follows a Cuban family, a single parent & veteran raising two children with a little help from her mother and their neighbor. It’s hilarious and educational on Cuban background.


MY FAVORITE POSTS


I had a pretty solid September in terms of blogging, reading and watching! I am excited to bring monthly recaps to my blog.

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READ O RAMA Round 7 Wrap Up


Read O Rama was successful again!! Thank you to everyone who participated in reading with us, and the Twitter sprints! I had a blast and got some reading done myself. Unfortuantely, I was going to update throughout the week and my computer decided to start having issues and it had to be fixed. Never fear, I’m back and I’m going to show you what I read.

+ click the titles to go to my Goodreads review.

1. Coffee Boy by Alex Chant (89 pages)

#ownvoices, less than 150 pages

2. How To Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake (328 pages) five stars

#ownvoices challenge, book with water on the cover

3. This One Summer by Markio Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki (319 pages) five stars 

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4. The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle ( 200 pages read, finished Sunday *after the readathon)

RAMA in the Title.

TOTAL PAGES: 936 pages


Overall, I would say I had a successful week of reading!! Now, I continue on to my reading for Emojiathon.

May Wrap Up| 2017


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It’s June already…?? This year is going by so quick! I had a pretty good reading month for May and I’m excited to share the books I read with you all! As for TBRs, I’ll be joining Emojiathon for Twitter sprints again and Read o Rama is happening in June, too!


 

I finished my re-read of PS I STILL LOVE YOU. I really loved this sequel the first time and it was very refreshing to read because I didn’t remember much of it! This helped me go into Always and Forever, Lara Jean. I have a spoiler review on it and it made me sob for hours and days and weeks, ugh. It was such a perfect closure to this series that I love SO DAMN MUCH. Most definitely my favorite read of the month, hands down.

review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (spoilers)


 

BUDDY READS

I did two buddy reads with different people this month. I read Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith with my friend, Chloe in the beginning of the month. I have a review on Goodreads and plan to write one soon here.  This book was okay but I say that about every J.E.S. book, so nothing out of the ordinary. 3.5/5 Stars 

My last read of the month was for Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson for  #MonthofMatson hosted by Maureen Keavy on Booktube. I have a review (click the title) of this book and I really had an issue with the toxic friendship between Emily and Sloane. Also, Emily was a love/hate character for me. I really liked the playlists and the idea of the list and the things done on them. 4/5 stars 

Overall, pretty good buddy reading!

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I was sent Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman through Net Galley thanks to Sourcefire books. I have a full review on it, I gave it 3 stars. It’s a good summer, diverse read and I liked it. As for a debut novel, the characters were written well and I liked the setting. Also a sports theme of surfing and skateboarding was introduced. Definitely made me crave the beach!! 3/5 stars


 

I think I had a pretty solid reading month. What was your favorite read from May?

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April Wrap Up | 2017


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The Upside of Unrequited – 5/5 stars – I really loved this book, see my review for my full spoiler free thoughts!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – RE-READ – In anticipation for the last book, I re-read TATBILB and PS I STILL LOVE YOU. However, I finished the sequel in May. This is my all-time favorite book, it means a lot to me. This was my fifth read.

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Wrap-Up 

Cat vs Human by Yasmine Surovec – I read this for Dewey’s 24 Hr readathon, I loved it! If you’re a cat lover, this is the perfect graphic novel for you! 5/5 stars

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Note to Self by Connor Franta – Thanks to Connor, this is the first book to EVER make me cry. Now I’m cracked and will cry at anything. Yes, I never cried at a book…i’m surprised too. Review to come because this book meant the world to me and it was so impactful. 5/5 stars 

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What was your favorite book of the month?

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon | Wrap Up


If you didn’t see my post, I participated in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on Saturday, April 29th. This readathon encourages you to read for 24-hours and started at 8 am EST for me. I had a really fun time reading for 24 hours and I really needed this because I had only read two books this month. I also vlogged my reading, click here to watch!

If you follow my Twitter or Instagram, you saw my updates! So, here’s my wrap- up of the books I read for #readathon.


CAT VS HUMAN –

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I didn’t follow my TBR as much as I planned. I started and finished CAT vs Human, a graphic novel. I devoured it! If you’re a cat lover/crazy cat lady you’ll appreciate this book a lot and relate to it like I did. I love my cats and I was laughing out loud at the comics! 5 stars.

Page count: 152 pages (according to Goodreads)


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Like all readathons, I needed fuel so I went over to Starbucks and got a Venti Iced Hazelnut Latte and got into my next read.

Next, I picked up HOW THEY MET AND OTHER STORIES by David Levithan. I read two stories and I enjoyed them. However, I just wasn’t feeling short stories and so I put it down.

Page count: 50


The most impactful read of the readathon for me was my last book, NOTE TO SELF by Connor Franta. For those who know me, I have never cried at a book. I’m just not a book crier, I say.  After reading this book, I’ve finally cried at a book and it hurt so bad. I started the tears by the fifth page and was sobbing by the 160th page. This book really hit home for me on so many levels and I really want to thank Connor for writing this book, it meant a lot to me.

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I finished NOTE TO SELF at 4:23 AM.

page count: 308 


TOTAL PAGE COUNT: 510 PAGES

I think #readathon was very successful for me, I even surpassed my Goodreads challenge!!  And I found two books that I never knew I needed in my life until now.

If you participated in the readathon, how did you do??

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