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 »

July Wrap Up

Happy August y’all! I haven’t written a wrap up post in so long but this month I was like you know what, I read so many great books in July- I have to talk about them! I’m going to have reviews going out about some of these books later this month, so keep an eye out for those (I’ll make sure to call them out). Let’s get started!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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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 »

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 »