ARC Review: Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

Happy Friday y’all! I really wanted to get this review out on Wednesday but man y’all, this book took me a little longer to read than I expected (not because I didn’t like it or anything, but because I was too tired to read on Tuesday, didn’t read too much on Wednesday, and then finally was able to carve out reading time yesterday). Iron Widow was one of those books that pulled me in because of the amazing cover and kept me in because of the incredible writing and the really cool plot. Thank you so much to Penguin Teen/Penguin Random House Canada and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of this book! Iron Widow came out on September 21, so make sure you go grab a copy of the book as soon as you’re done reading my review!

Iron Widow 4/5 Stars

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ARC Review: The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

Man y’all, when I saw that Text Publishing had The Ones We’re Meant to Find available on Netgalley as read now for the US even though they’re based in Australia, I jumped on it because this has been one of my most anticipated books for a while now! It releases today, May 4th, so if you haven’t already grabbed it or picked it up from your library or talked to a friend about borrowing it from them when they’re done reading it, you need to get on that ASAP!

The Ones We’re Meant to Find 5/5 Stars

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First Line Friday: August 14, 2020

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Happy Friday y’all! Man, what a week! For some reason, this week has felt so long! And I don’t even have a real, like fun update for y’all because even though it’s felt really long, I can’t, for the life of me, remember anything that’s really happened this week! What the heck.

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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Blast from the Past Series: 2018 Top 5

Happy Wednesday! Another Wednesday, another edition of Blast from the Past! Today, we’re moving to 2018.

2018 was a pretty solid year- I had my golden birthday and my family went to Maui to celebrate it, which was amazing. I also got to co-lead the planning and execution for the biggest conference of the year for my team and while it was a ridiculous amount of work, it was the coolest thing I’ve ever done and me and my co-worker ended up beating every expectation and leading the company revenue wise post event, so that was amazing. And it was in Vegas, so that was also really, really fun- and all of this was only done by the end of March, so there was so much more of the year left to go. In the rest of 2018, I experienced major burnout at work, almost quit my job a couple of times, got a promotion, participated in a Spartan race and subsequently screwed up my knee, went to my first author signing with Renee and Roshani, went to LA, went to a Fall Out Boy concert, and went on a Europe trip for my dad’s 60th birthday, which when I write everything out like that seems nuts, especially since I somehow managed to read 113 books on top of that! What the heck!

It was really hard to narrow it down to a top 5 this time, so I made a top 6, because 2018 was the year that Kingdom of Ash came out and I’m a Sarah J Maas junkie, so of course I reread all of those books and Kingdom of Ash is on that list, so it wouldn’t have been fair to just have a top 5. Read More »

Blast from the Past Series: 2017 DNFs

Happy Wednesday y’all and welcome to another edition of my Blast from the Past series! Today we’re going to talk about the books I DNF’d in 2017- Oof I feel like this list is going to get some hate because I DNF’d some reallllyyyy popular books back in 2017. Please don’t hate me too much. I generally try to finish every book I start or I put it aside for a while and then get to it later, but these 4 books are ones that I tried and I just couldn’t keep going with (but as always, these are just my opinions and I know others have loved all of these books so much, so if you haven’t picked them up yet, for sure give them a try!)Read More »

ARC Review: Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Flatiron Books for giving me a copy of Court of Lions early to read and review! I won a copy of Mirage (book 1 in this series) in an Instagram giveaway last year and it was so good, so I was so excited to see Court of Lions on NetGalley and I was even more excited when my request was approved! Court of Lions comes out on August 4th, so make sure to check it out/grab it then! 

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July Library Holds and Checkouts Update

Hey y’all! I’m so fortunate to live somewhere where there’s an amazing library so close to my house! The Chapel Hill Public Library is less than 5 miles from my house and they have so many physical copies of books and their e-book library through overdrive/Libby is AMAZING as well! It’s definitely made it so much easier for me to read as much as I do- I’ve checked out/read 42 e-books so far this year and 3 physical books and I have 11 books on hold right now (5 physical and 6 e-books) and 8 books checked out (5 physical and 3 e-books). (Also, I know if you follow me on Goodreads, you’re going to notice that it doesn’t have me having read over 42 books yet this year- I’ve actually read 79, but I haven’t been keeping up with putting them all into Goodreads, so I need to make sure to go in and do that at some point soon…)

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First Line Fridays: July 17, 2020

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Happy Friday y’all! Today’s First Line Friday is dedicated to my best friend, Bee, because Sunday is her birthday! Woop woop! She’s one of the main reasons I’m book blogging/bookstagramming/reading as much as I am these days- if we hadn’t talked about our mutual love of YA fantasy in 2015 when we became friends, I don’t think I would have picked any of these things back up again.

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Now, onto the line!Read More »