Monthly Wrap Up: September 2020

In the last couple of days of september, I decided I wanted to go nuts and up my Goodreads challenge to 200 books, which meant I have to read about 4 books a week for the rest of the year. Which is WILD because reading?? Idk her. But I decided to read novellas and comics so I technically read 17 books in september. I’m going to do this by rating this month and work my way down. (Click the book covers for the Goodreads link!)

5 stars

She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

Absolutely loved this one so much and is one of my favorites of the year. It is just all around pure and gay content and I would die for it. 6/5 would read again.

My Review

4 stars

I read volumes 1-3 of Ms Marvel and I really enjoyed them! Ms Marvel is so cute, the art is great, and the entire vibe is very comfy. I really want to read more comics too but I just need ones with vibes like this, not… man ones.

I listened to 1-4 of the Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells on audiobook and they were so good. Each audiobook was pretty short but each novella was just so much fun and I just love the murderbot so much. I doubt I could review them because I blasted through all 4 in a day but I still enjoyed each one the same amount.

3 stars

After I Do Taylor Jenkins Reid

This was not my fave from her. While I’m glad I read it, oof choices were made and they weren’t really good. Of course still a three star though- I don’t think TJR could ever fully let me down.

My Review

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

I’m still undecided on my rating for this book and honestly it might be a 4 because it was really cute and I did love Kate and her romance. There was just a character I hated that did things I hated and I’m still salty?? I need to reread already tbh.

Heartstopper: Volume 3 by Alice Oseman

This graphic novel was just so sweet and gay. I really have no complaints besides it felt like it put in random serious topics out of no where and just weighed it down. It was really cute though.

2 stars

Truth, Lies, and Second Dates by MaryJanice Davidson

This was a super miss for me and wasn’t the cute airline romance I thought it would be.

The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton

Deadass did not like this one and I’m still annoyed by how annoying it was and how many times Game of Thrones was referenced like ??? Wild.

My Review

My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmermann

This was kind of a mistake because I don’t care about sports books? But then the rest of the book was just poorly done body positivity and that’s a no from me.

My Review

Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

To be honest I didn’t like Rory Power’s last book so I’m not sure what I expected going into this one. It was so weird and all around bizarre and really just not for me.

My Review

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

I just didn’t get this book, like the mash up was just so weird?? Then because I didn’t know either, I was even more confused. Still love the cover though.

My Review

1 star

Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy

I’m sorry this was SO bad. It tried to do so much and all I can say is yikes. I’m not into wasting any more time on this book either but I ranted enough in my review.

My Review

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week the theme is Favorite Book Quotes (these could be quotes from books you love, or bookish quotes in general).

If you see me using one of the overused YA quotes that are on every piece of merch ever no you did not. In no order (and you need no explanation):

My skin has turned to porcelain, to ivory, to steel.

George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

The Darkling slumped back in his chair. “Fine,” he said with a weary shrug. “Make me your villain.”

Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

“You have me. Until the last star in the galaxy dies, you have me.”

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, Illuminae

It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming?

Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer

“I am not ruined. I am ruination.”

Leigh Bardugo, Ruin and Rising

There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.

Sarah J Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

Every story needs its hero. And its villain. And its monster.

Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, Obsidio

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.

Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse.

Holly Black, The Cruel Prince

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Robin LaFevers, Grave Mercy

Arc Review: She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

Rating: 5/5 stars

I hate you, I say. Then I kiss her and kiss her and kiss her.

Release date: April 20th 2021

Not to hype this book up too much when it doesn’t come out until like April 2021 but also omfg this was SO good. This is literally the fluffy gay enemies to lovers + fake dating book of my dreams.

She Drives Me Crazy is about two girls named Scottie and Irene. After they get into a fender bender at school, they are forced into carpooling. Scottie is still getting over her ex who dumped her when she moved to a rival school and Irene is trying to win athlete of the year, something unheard of for a cheerleader. When Scottie bribes Irene to fake date to get back at her ex, Irene plays along.

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WWW Wednesday: September 23rd, 2020

WWW Wednesday is a weekly tag formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and currently revived by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. I skipped a few weeks because I wasn’t really reading but I have books to talk about this time.

What are you currently reading?

I got an arc of Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli and I’m so excited to actually get into it. I’m also listening to Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy and uhh… it’s a book.

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished After I do by Taylor Jenkins Reid a couple days ago and while it was a good audiobook, it is definitely her weakest book. One more TJR book left then I have read them all though!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Probably His Hideous Heart anthology edited by Dahlia Adler because it’ll be easy and I can read it between other books. I’m also in the mood to read a romance but I’m not sure which yet.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week the theme is Books On My Fall 2020 TBR (or spring if you live in the southern hemisphere). I’ve been waiting for a theme I actually wanted to do and that time is now!

I’m going to do a mix of new releases / books already on my tbr. In no particular order:

  1. A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

I just know this will be one of the books I own three copies of and then take forever to read. It just sounds so good ??? and I always have that one fear.


2) The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo

This book is HOT and apparently short? Leigh Bardugo has never written a bad book and you can quote me on that. Get hyped.


3) The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

This book sounds SO depressing and potentially triggering for me but idk, it just sounds so interesting and like it would make a good audiobook. Plus the cover is beautiful and I am trash.


4) Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

I literally have no idea what this book is about, just that everyone is freaking out about how amazing it is?? Hopefully my library hold will come in and not take 3 months lol.


5) Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer

Another one I don’t know much about but I know it is all spacey and has a really nice cover. Please sign me up. (And also pray for my library hold.)


6) When Villains Rise by Rebecca Schaeffer

I’ve gone back and forth on whether I actually like this series or not ?? but I still gotta finish it.


7) From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Apparently this book is horny and that is all I need to know. This is a chonker though so I hope I actually get to it.


8) Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

I actually had an arc of this book but I wasn’t vibing so I decided to just wait for the audiobook. Hopefully I will enjoy it better that way because I would like to give this one a chance.


9) His Hideous Heart anthology edited by Dahlia Adler

I got this book last year and fall should be the perfect time to read it plus anthology? Easy mode.


10) Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, & Jacob Wyatt

I recently read Ms Marvel vol 1 and I really enjoyed it! I want to keep going, I just need to commit to actually reading them. (Like pls comics take 5 mins why am I like this.)


Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell and Katie Cotugno

Rating: 4/5 stars

But there are so many unspoken rules for navigating high school – for navigating life, maybe – that I can’t help but try to figure out which one I broke to get myself into this situation…. There are so many rules for girls.

Finally some good fucking food. I love YA feminist contemp novels so much and this little baddie right here is a prime example. This one doesn’t go as hard as some others I’ve read, like The Nowhere Girls but it still slaps.

Rules for Being a Girl is about a girl named Marin who is in high school. She’s a star student and editor of the school paper, with dreams of going to Brown University. Marin’s charismatic English teacher, Mr Beckett, admires her writing and likes to talk books with her. When he takes it too far one day and makes a move on her, Marin is shocked and horrified, thinking it was somehow her fault. When she tells the school administration what happened, they don’t believe her and she still has to go to his class but now he has an ax to grind. Marin isn’t going to back down and decides to fight back using the school paper and starts a feminist book club.

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Elysium Girls by Kate Pentecost

Rating: 4/5 stars

The Goddesses Life and Death have begun a Game. They have given you exactly ten years to build your city. If your society has been irresponsible, then Death has won the Game. And every man, woman, and child shall be slain.

This was WILD and I really enjoyed it!

Elysium Girls is about a Game between the goddesses Life and Death in a small walled city called Elysium. One day a dust storm came in and cut Elysium off from the rest of the world and they are told they have ten years to build their civilization up to be judged as to whether Life or Death is the winner. If Life wins, they are free to join the outside world once more but if Death wins they all die. Sal is a girl living in the city, never fitting in but always wanting a purpose. When she is named Successor to the powerful witch in charge, she jumps at the chance to prove herself. Meanwhile Asa is a human obsessed demon in disguise who has been sent to Elysium. Together Sal and Asa make a mistake that leads them to be banished from Elysium, out into the deadly desert.

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Something to Talk About by Meryl Wilsner

Rating: 4/5 stars

She hadn’t had to apologize out loud then, because her apology was changed behavior, never letting anything like that happen again. Jo needed to do the same. Emma has forgiven too many people in her life too easily. She was finally learning to stand up for herself.

This was so good I’m YELLING.

Something to Talk About is about Hollywood powerhouse Jo who gets photographed making her assistant, Emma, laugh on the red carpet. The tabloids instantly take over with a rumor that Jo and Emma are dating. As the gossip spreads, it starts to impact their lives with their coworkers treating them differently and paparazzi after them. With the launch of Jo’s film project approaching, Emma is getting ready to move to a different job. Soon they realize that maybe the rumor wasn’t so off, but acting on the spark would just created more gossip they aren’t sure they want.

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The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski

Rating: 5/5 stars

It’s a midnight lie… a kind of lie told for someone else’s sake, a lie that sits between goodness and wrong, just as midnight is the moment between night and morning.

So I had this at 4 stars ever since I read it but I have decided to give the 5 she deserves.

MARIE, give me your address I just want to talk. I promise I’m not gonna jump you for that ending.

The Midnight Lie is about a girl named Nirrim who is of low status in her society and has to live in the Ward behind walls. People like her are forbidden from tasting sweets and wearing colors and if they disobey, they have to pay a tithe to the High Kith. Nirrim keeps her head down until she meets Sid. Sid is a rakish traveler and whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. As she tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself, Nirrim has to completely give up her old life and trust Sid.

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WWW Wednesday – September 2nd, 2020

Another week another WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a weekly tag formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and currently revived by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

What are you currently reading?

I have a bunch of romance arcs that I requested on netgalley at once and they decided to give me them all at once??? Like pls. ;-; I’ve started Truth, Lies, and Second Dates by MaryJanice Davidson and hope to finish it pretty quickly. Plus the cover is cute.

What did you recently finish reading?

I’m not going to review this book on my blog for now but Goodreads has my review. I just recently finished The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton and I wasn’t a fan. It was just too silly and the romance wasn’t good enough for me.

What do you think you’ll read next?

I don’t know about next but The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant is my book club’s pick this month and after a few months of not taking part, I want to this actually try this time. I still want to read Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles too.

I have no idea why these posts make me feel like the beginning of the week is wednesday but it really feels like it now??