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??

Monthly Wrap Up: August 2020

Hello! I read more books than I thought in august, a total of 7 which is fair but I wanted to read more. The reading slump is endless but I hope in september I can read and listen to more. I recently took up knitting (recently as in literally yesterday lol) so hopefully I can get back into listening to audiobooks.

Because I am still starting (restarting) out, I’m not posting reviews of books I didn’t enjoy on here but I have written reviews- they are just on Goodreads. Anyway onto the wrap up!

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas – 2/5 stars

I read this because I was just off a Sherlock Holmes tv / movie binge and I wanted to keep it going. Plus a female Sherlock Holmes sounded dope. Unfortunately this book was just disappointing and didn’t have the energy I was looking for. I don’t see myself reading any of the sequels.

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi 1/5 stars

Oh my god I hated this book so much, it actually repulsed me. I yeeted the entire series after finishing this one and may it leave my brain forever. It isn’t very often a book can ruin the entire series for me but she really did that.

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer – 5/5 vampire daddys

Stephenie really came through to save august for me. I had a lot of nostalgic fun reading this! Edward is such a dramatic and emo weirdo, love that for him. I need a Twilight movie marathon now.

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace – 1/5 stars

I picked up this book after a Pirates of the Carribean marathon. I’m sorry, I tried with this one but it was just so generic and boring that even writing a review was hard for me. It didn’t give me any of the Pirates energy that I wanted and was just a disappointment.

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli – unrated

I still haven’t written an actual review for this oops. But I listened to this on audiobook and it was fine, but I just don’t care about gymnastics so it did absolutely nothing for me. To be fair I’m not even going to rate it.

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

The Mall by Megan McCafferty – 3/5 stars

I just had fun reading this one. It has female friendship and a treasure hunt in a 90s mall so what else do you need? And yes I would like to mention again how much I love the neon lights cover.

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner – 3/5 stars

I finished this in the last second to count for august but I did it! This is the book that made me take up knitting so she deserves that fame. The book was fun and cute, filled with knitting, a girl squad, and mock trials.

My Review | Goodreads | Amazon

And that’s all I read in august. I hope everyone had a good reading month and may we all hit our goals in september!

Hamilton Bingo

Good morning / afternoon / evening / night! Every month in my book club I help make a reading themed bingo and the goal is for everyone to read as much as they can and make a bingo. Months and months ago I used to clear the whole board but now I’m lucky if I get a bingo. The planning is my favorite part but the actual reading part?? The challenge.

Here is the board we made and the prompts:

Now onto my planning. I don’t know how many I can actually do but I want to get at least one bingo.

Happy reading!

Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner

Rating: 3/5 stars

Knitting can stitch us back together, but sometimes you have to tear things apart to move forward.

Six Angry Girls is about a girl named Raina who gets dumped by her boyfriend and her future plans are ruined. She seeks an advice column and ends up getting a new hobby and new friends at a local knitting store- one where they use their knitting for activism. Millie gets treated like a servant by her father and then gets dumped by her all male mock trial team. To fight back they decide to make an all girl mock trial team.

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