Blast from the Past Series: My 2017 Genres Read

Hey y’all! Happy Wednesday and welcome to another edition of my Blast from the Past series! I hope everyone’s been having a great week so far- mine has been pretty average, so I can’t really complain, but if y’all follow me on my bookstagram, y’all will know that I went to the orthopedist yesterday and I can gradually start getting out of my boot over the next 3 or so weeks! Woop woop! I’m so excited to finally go back to normal! Now, let’s go back in time to 2017 and talk about the genres I read. Read More »

2H2020 Planned Rereads

You know what I love doing? Rereading books. Like don’t get me wrong, I love reading new books for the first time too, but there’s just something so special about rereading one of your favorites, and this July through December, I have quite a few rereads planned, so I figured why not share them with y’all! Let me know if y’all have any rereads planned for the rest of this year too!Read More »

First Line Fridays: July 10, 2020

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Happy Friday y’all! This has been a busy week for me- lots going on, so I didn’t have time to prep this First Line Friday in advance, but I knew exactly which book I wanted to feature, so that’s a plus!

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 »

Blast from the Past Series: My 2017 Top 5 Reads

It’s Wednesday! That means that it’s time for my first real official post in my Blast from the Past series (don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out my intro post)! Woop woop! Today, we’re going to talk about my top 5 favorite books from 2017. 

Let’s set the scene some- 2017 was definitely a year of change for me. I had lived in Austin for almost two years when my company said that they were moving my team to NC. Some people on my team were dead against it, but I was pretty excited because I’m from NC and they were moving us to the Raleigh area and I’m from Chapel Hill, so it was the perfect move for me. I got the news in February, which was amazing because my lease ended in the middle of March, so I was able to pack up and move home. I moved back in with my parents because I wanted to save up to buy a house and man, rent in Austin is crazy, so my savings were pretty much non-existant. So that happened by mid-March- then in late March, I was at a work conference in Vegas and two days after I got back, my family and some of our friends went on a Caribbean cruise, so that was a super busy time for me! Soon after that, I got my dog Laddoo (best decision ever). My brother and sister in law moved from San Francisco back to NC in September and my best friend Bee moved to NC in October! I coached my old high school field hockey team from August-November and I took a really quick 10 day long India trip to visit my grandparents before I went to Yallfest for the first time ever with Bee! So that’s what was going on in my life in 2017. 

According to my reading challenge, I read 93 books in 2017, and looking back through them now, I know picking just 5 is going to be really hard. In no particular order, my top 5 books of 2017 are:Read More »

My favorite 2020 reads that are set in America

Hey y’all! Happy July 4th! It’s America’s birthday! Even though the US is 244 years old as of today, it sometimes seems as though we’re living through our teenage rebellious years because we don’t seem to be listening to experts/it doesn’t seem like we care that much about the lives of all of our citizens (have you seen the mess we’ve made of our reaction to the Corona virus and the fact that we’re killing Black and brown people at disproportionate rates?) At least it seems as though we’re making some progress, so maybe we’re learning (slowly but surely). I do love being an American though, so I’m celebrating (at home because I fractured a bone in my foot and I’m in a boot, and again, hello global pandemic) and I’m 100% wearing my red, white, and blue today and my dog has his American flag bandana on.

Today, I figured that I’d feature some of my favorite reads this year that were set in the US. I was going through Goodreads to see which books were actually set in the states and not in different world (based on the US or not) or a different country and of the 36 books I’ve read so far this year, 19 of them are set here, so that’s pretty good. It’s 100% because I’ve read so many romance novels this year, but I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. So here we go:Read More »

First Line Friday: July 3, 2020

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Hey y’all! I’m sure y’all have noticed that I’m posting more these days… now that I have more time on my hands, I’m trying to get better about doing more things that I want to do, and book blogging is pretty high on that list! So, I’m going to try and post pretty much every day! We’ll see how that ends up going… today’s post is going to be my first ever First Line Friday! I’ve seen this on some other people’s pages and I’ve always wanted to do it, but now I’m finally diving in!

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!

“I slammed on my overburn and boosted my starship through the middle of a chaotic mess of destructor blasts and explosions. Above me extended the awesome vastness of space. Compared to that infinite blackness, both planets and starships alike seemed insignificant. Meaningless.”Read More »

Blast from the Past Series Intro

Hey y’all! I’m trying something new with this post- it’s the beginning of a series that I’m going to be adding to every Wednesday highlighting some of my past reads! These are going to be focusing on reads from 2017, 2018, and 2019 (mainly because I was really bad at tracking my reading before then, so I’m going to use my reading challenges on Goodreads to help me with these)!

Right now, I’m thinking of focusing on my favorite reads, the genres I read in each year and why I picked them/if I deviated from the norm at all, my least favorite books of the year, and any DNFs that I had that year. Let me know if y’all are interested in these kinds of posts or if you want to see any other highlights- and of course, let me know if y’all have done anything similar. I’d love to see your posts! I’ve started writing up some of my posts, and man y’all, there are going to be some unpopular opinions in these posts and finding my favorites each year was hard! These may completely flop, but I’m ok with that, because I’ve had fun writing them 😂 

NetGalley TBR Updates

Well, it’s Thursday and I still haven’t finished a book so I can’t get y’all a review yet BUT I’m hopeful that I should have a review ready for y’all by Monday so soon! Instead, somehow, in the past few days, I’ve gotten a ridiculous amount of approvals on NetGalley, so right now I have 10 books (!) waiting for me in my queue, so I figured I’d give y’all an update on what all I’ll be reading soon!Read More »

Social Distancing Reading Update March 23

Hey guys, as the corona virus spreads throughout the world, here in North Carolina, we started implementing social distancing last week and my office told us to work from home starting last Monday and things have been… harder than expected. I thought I’d be able to have fun and hang out at home, read all the books, learn some new hobbies, stuff like that- instead I’ve been working for pretty much my full 8 hours every day, my dog has been freaking out multiple times a day because he wants his independence and alone time back, and there’s no time for anything else pretty much because I’m exhausted after work. (Now, I don’t want any of this to sound like I’m complaining too much, because I’m mostly healthy, and while I do have asthma, it’s not bad and I’m taking really good care of myself and I’m super privileged that I don’t have to go into work or work crazy hours, so I know it could be worse and I’ve heard the horror stories and I’ve talked to the people working at the grocery stores when I go out to replenish supplies, and they’ve been seeing the worst in some people recently.)

BUT the main topic of today’s blog is my reading update for this time of social distancing! Read More »