2021 in review: Overall reading stats

Man y’all, I’m thinking through all of the 2021 review blogs I want to write and there are a lot of them, so I think I’m going to create a series for them- hopefully I’ll be done by the middle of February, but who knows how quickly I’ll be able to write them (and the middle of February is of course assuming I publish like one a week).

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ARC Review: The Kindred by Alechia Dow

Happy Tuesday and happy release day to The Kindred (and so many other books- seriously, this year looks so amazing book wise)! Thank you so much to Inkyard Press and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of this one- I was really excited about it based on the summary, but this just wasn’t the book for me (unfortunately) BUT keep reading to see why, because the reasons I wasn’t the biggest fan of it could be the reasons you love it. I definitely think that there are a lot of people who are going to love The Kindred, and even though I wasn’t a huge fan, I still recommend reading it!

The Kindred 3/5 Stars

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Blog Tour: Journey to the Heart of the Abyss by London Shah

Happy Tuesday y’all! I have been in such a reading/reviewing slump lately- mainly because I started reading an eARC a couple of weeks ago and I had a really hard time getting into it and I’m still only about 30% into it and I’m about to DNF it. That has nothing to do with this book, because I loved both The Light at the Bottom of the World and Journey to the Heart of the Abyss, but that’s why I’ve been kinda MIA for a little while.

ANYWAY, back to more important things! Happy release day to Journey to the Heart of the Abyss and thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours for having me as a part of their Journey to the Heart of the Abyss tour and thank you so much to LBYR for sponsoring this tour! Make sure y’all check out all of the other great stops on this tour too!

Journey to the Heart of the Abyss 4/5 Stars

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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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Blast from the Past Series: 2019 Top 5

Happy Wednesday y’all! Last Wednesday, I took a break from posting Blast from the Past because I was a part of the blog tour for Where Dreams Descend! We’re back now, and we’re on the home stretch of this series! We just have the 2019 posts and then we’re done with Blast from the Past! I’ll have to come up with another series next, because I’ve really enjoyed doing this.

Ah 2019, what a great year. 2019 was the year that I tried to reach more of a balance with reading and life, and I think I really accomplished it! I watched more TV, I started going to more workout classes that I loved, I hung out with friends more, I started dating more (although the dating realllyyyy ramped up in 2020), I went to Harry Potter world for the second time (the first time was in 2010, so this was my first time going to Diagon Alley!), I went to the UK with Bee, my other really good friend got the best little corgi pup, and I had my wisdom teeth removed. All great things! Reading wise, it was a pretty good year too! I read a lot of different kinds of books and looking back over my list on Goodreads, finding my top 5 was pretty difficult, as usual. Read More »

Blast From the Past Series: 2018 Least Favorite Reads

Happy Wednesday! It’s Blast from the Past time! Woop Woop! Today, we’re going to be talking about some of the books that I was not the biggest fan of in 2018.

In 2018, I actually don’t have any recorded DNFs, which is way better than 2017! I think that’s because I was pickier about what I was reading, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have some least favorite reads of the year. Once again, putting this disclaimer on here- this does not mean that these books aren’t great books, they just were not for me and I have definitely seen other people enjoy them, so don’t let me not enjoying them keep you from picking them up! (And, as always, feel free to let me know if some of my least favorites are some of your favorites- I always love seeing other people’s perspectives!)Read More »

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 »