READ O RAMA TBR & Updates


Better late than never, the first day of read-o-rama is almost over! I’ve plugged this readathon my channel but I wanted to promote it here too! This year, I’ve been hosting Read O Rama, a readathon created by Chloe @ Brunette Bibliophile, co-hosted by Elizabeth @ The Owlery along with myself and April Sarah. 

This readathon is running from June 11th to the 17th. You can still join us, if you’d like! But, we’ll be back before the year is over, too.

Follow us on Twitter for sprints.  We also have a giveaway running until the end of the readathon.

** since June is Pride Month, I wanted to read more LGBTQIA+ books. I tried to center most of my TBR around #ownvoices books from LGBTQIA+ authors as best as I could! 


challenges + my tbr: 

Read 7 books

Read a book with RAMA in the title or author Honey Girl by Lisa Freema

A Book with water on the cover  How To Make A Wish by Ashley Blake

A *short* book with 150 pages or less Coffee Boy by Alex Chant

Read a graphic novel This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki

A book you have been anticipating or been meaning to read (open up to my TBR)

A book that is #ownvoices Coffee Boy by Alex Chant // how to make a wish by ashley herring blake 

A book released in the summer of any year  The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle  June 7th 2016


I will be trying my best to open this platform up for my reading updates!

Stay tuned and happy reading.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten LGBTQIA+ Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR!


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. 

Today’s topic:  10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List — I want to know what books have piqued your interest lately from whatever genre you choose!

In honor of June being Pride Month, here are the top ten LGBTQIA+ books I’ve recently added to my TBR and some I hope to read this month.   


1. Over You by Amy Reed  (bisexual mc)

2. Top Ten by Katie Cotugno – follows a bisexual mc (got this ARC at Bookcon!)

3. Queer there and Everywhere: 22 People Who Changed the World
by Sarah Prager This first-ever LGBTQ history book for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG.

4. Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow  middle grade lgbtqia+ coming of age. 

5. How To Make a Wish by Ashley Blake bisexual mc & own voices!! – I just bought this from The Strand Bookstore while in NYC last weekend!. 

6. Honey Girl by Lisa Freeman – I received this duology from the publisher and I’m ecstatic to get into it! Set in the summer of 1972, it follows a girl who is discovering that she likes girls.

7. Coffee Boy by Austin Chant I already have this on my TBR for the month and I’m excited to read this own voices book about a transgender boy.

8. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde – has been getting so much hype recently that I couldn’t resist adding it to my TBR list. I know this follows a f/f love story (between a character with my name?? so I’m destined to read it, I guess.) Also follows a girl who has autism spectrum disorder and anxiety.

9. History Is All You Left Me by Adam SilveraI still have not read any of Adam Silvera’s work please shun me. But, I do want to pick up his recent release because I’ve heard so much praise for it!

10. It’s Not Like It’s A Secret by Misa Sugiura This book sounds like it’s more of a coming of age/coming out story of a girl who has her first crush on a girl. I’ve never read this perspective before, so I’m interested to see how it turns out!

Happy Pride Month! 

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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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Growin’ Up Book Tag


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This past month I turned 23 and I’ve been feeling nostalgic. I found this tag and I’m in love with it.

Creator: Possibly Literate on YouTube.


 

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Pre-school: It’s okay to admit it, you’re just in it for the pictures. What’s your favorite illustrated book?

 


 

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Kindergarten: NAP TIME! What’s a book that put you to sleep?

I don’t really get bored of books too easily.  I can’t think of a book off the top of my head that put me to sleep.


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Elementary School: Recess and story time and jungle gyms–SO MUCH FUN. What’s a book or series that’s just plain fun? 

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Middle School: The awkward and embarrassing years… What’s a book or series that you’re embarrassed you used to be a huge fan of?

I don’t think there’s any certain book or series that I’m embarrassed of! I embrace my passion for all the books I like! There was a book I was obsessed with in middle school because I thought it would cure all of my breakups haha!

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High School: The popular girl, the jock, the nerd, the loner–these are all stereotypes, but people are more than they appear!! Who is a character that you initially wrote off as a trope/stereotype but grew to love?

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Sawyer is definitely a love/hate character in this book. He’s the ultimate bad boy who runs away from his problems. But, I grew to like him and his decisions toward the end.

 

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College: Out on your own, forging your own path, making your own schedule. What is your favorite coming-of-age story?

 

 

Ah, I loooove coming-of-age stories. I can’t just pick one so here’s a few good ones!


 

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Adulthood: Taxes and retirement accounts and car payments OH MY. All depressing, but you still have a sense that the world is your oyster. What is a book that’s pretty depressing, but also has a sense of optimism to it?

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This is a cancer story about two teens, it’s my favorite!! Definitely sad but has comic relief!


 

 

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If you’re feeling nostalgic and want to do this tag, I consider you tagged!

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017


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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. 

Today’s topic:  Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

There’s some great releases that I’m anticipating for the summer and the rest of 2017. I’m very excited! These aren’t even half of them! What book are you most anticipating for the rest of 2017? 


 

Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally •  July 4th 2017

Lucky in Love by Kasie West   •  July 25th 2017

Internet Famous by Danika Stone •  June 6th 2017

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard  •  June 6th 2017

What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum   • July 11th 2017

 

The (Best) Worst Case Scenario by Sandy Hall  • August 27th 2017

The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin   • August 29th 2017

Top Ten by Katie Cotugno  • Oct. 3rd 2017 • I love Katie Cotugno’s novels and I know I will love this one, a lot. It follows a female MC who is an introvert and experiences anxiety. The love interest is a hockey player, this book is the book after my own heart! 

Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland •  Sept. 5th 2017

She, Myself and I by Emma Young  •  September 5th 2017


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Five YA Books Set in New York


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I’ll be in New York City this weekend for Bookcon 2017! I’m so excited so I thought I would recommend some books that are set in New York! If you’re going to Bookcon and you missed my Tips to a Successful Bookcon 2017 don’t forget to read it, I think I give some good advice. I want to do more of these posts of books set in different cities/countries/etc, let me know if you’d want more!


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I loved the New York City trip in Always and Forever, Lara Jean (third/last book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy) ! It was perfect and I felt like I was there with them! They found the best chocolate chip cookie, got some ice cream and went to the top of the Empire State Building! It was just like the scene out of Sleepless in Seattle 😉

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In Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, we are in NYC in the beginning when Isla gets her wisdom teeth out and the middle for her winter break. I especially love this because we get to see the Macy’s Day parade through Isla and her sisters eyes. As well as being in the NYC atmosphere.

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This is a classic set-in-NYC book and it reads just like the movie! Nick and Norah meet one night in NYC to follow a band and Nick has to be Norah’s fake-boyfriend for the night. It’s a great wild night in NYC!

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I almost forgot this one! :O This is the best set-in-NYC book I’ve read! It takes place in one day in NYC following Natasha and Daniel and the other people they meet plus histories and their families. Daniel is heading to his interview at Yale and Natasha is about to be deported to Jamaica. It’s the story of them meeting and the aftermath that follows.


If you haven’t read these, I highly recommend them!

What’s your favorite book set in NYC?

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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson


 

Title:  Since You’ve Been Gone 

Author: Morgan Matson
Paperback: 464 pages
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Disclaimer: There are minor spoilers in this review. 

One of my favorite book tropes is friend to romance. Once I figured out while reading that this is what SYBG would become, I was immediately more hooked than I was from the start. Emily has been left a list of 13 tasks that are completely out of her comfort zone. Emily dedicates the summer to completing this list that her best friend, Sloane has left her – who has disappeared and only left her this list. This has Emily frantic and confused by the whole situation. However, SYBG is not about wondering where Sloane could have went, it’s about Emily completing the list and how the list changes her life that used to just be her and Sloane. I loved that Emily was discovering herself and the summer she wasn’t expecting.

I definitely should have been eating ice cream at some point during this book because I was craving it when Emily would be working at Paradise. Speaking of Paradise, I really liked the introduction of Dawn and how Emily would tag along on her deliveries! I knew about Emily and Dawn briefly from reading The Unexpected Everything where they make a cameo at Captain Pizza. I like how Matson writes her characters, realistic and you want to become friends with them ASAP. That’s how I felt with Dawn and Emily as well as Collins and Frank.

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I LOVED FRANK. He was a great character and I loved how friendly he was and his friendship with Collins was awesome!! Morgan Matson is great at writing friendships in any type of way. Emily was used to sticking by Sloane’s side and having her do everything like talking and making the decisions. Emily has to learn how to branch out and do things by herself and for herself without Sloane being there. Emily’s character grows immensely. Matson really knows how to write character development. Frank and Emily are friends before anything serious happens romanticly. They run together, share playlists, and joke around with each other, as well as have their “in a well-ordered universe” inside joke.

It’s so SO rare for there to be male/female friendships before any romance happens. Usually it’s just insta-love but I loved how the development of Frank and Emily was written and flowed. For me, I wasn’t anticipating a relationship for Frank and Emily but I was glad for the ending of the book. SO CUTE.

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Matson’s writing is easy to read, fun and descriptive. I especially enjoyed the incorporation of flashbacks in this book. The flashbacks are how you learn about Sloane and Emily’s friendship which led me to my impression of Sloane which wasn’t good. I really wasn’t a fan of her because she seemed like she controlled Emily and Emily was always afraid to speak up. The drive-in flashback scene in particular, Sloane’s boyfriend Sam unexpectedly arrives which leads Emily to being alone when it was supposed to be her day with Sloane. However, I think this experience ties into a lot of the friendship and relationship elements that happen in the book.  Sloane also seemed to be very uncaring of their friendship when Emily showed up at the end of the book. She didn’t seem to care that she was abandoning their friendship and Emily’s feelings weren’t acknowledged.

This book inspired me to make my own summer bucket list. It’s only in my mind right now but I do want to make one with 13 things to accomplish. I saw a lot of myself in Emily’s character as she’s very independent in the sense that she keeps to herself and overthinks things especially in social settings. For example, the beginning of the book at The Orchard. Emily goes by herself and is worried that everyone sees her being there by herself but no one is really looking at all. I related to Emily a lot, however I did get very annoyed by her choices and the way she treated Frank. She expected him to drive her to see Sloane after she ignored him and ran away from him instead of just listening. This made me very furious especially that Frank said yes. However, I was glad that Frank wasn’t acting like nothing happened and told her how he felt.

If you’re looking for a great summer read with character development and a fun friend group, I recommend Since You’ve Been Gone! It gives you all the summer vibes you will need to get into the summer mood. Matson also includes playlists in this novel just like in Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which I enjoyed. If you have read Matson’s other books, you’ll appreciate the references.