Books That Got me Into Reading

As someone who has considered herself a reader for basically my whole life, it’s hard to pinpoint the *one* book that really got me invested in the hobby. Surprisingly, though, it’s a question I get asked a lot!

Reading books is something I’ve loved to do since the day I learned to read, and before then, I still really enjoyed listening to stories read to me. They’ve always just been a constant in my life, and I’m grateful it’s a hobby I never really grew out of.

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MY 2021 FAVORITES || Yearly Wrap-Up

YOU GUYS!! Can you believe there’s only a few more days left of 2021 ๐Ÿ˜ณ this year felt like the longest ever, but at the same time flew by really quick.

There were a lot of firsts. I moved into an apartment, did my first in-person semester of college, and inevitably, made a lot of new experiences there, some good and some bad. Regardless of how this year turned out, I know it’ll be a memorable one for so many reasons.

All that being said, I’m ready to say bye to 2021.

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2021 Diverse Book Releases

Confession time: I’ve only read one 2021 release this year.

When the year started, I made it my own personal mission to read as many books on my backlist TBR as possible. That means that I’ve read a lot of books I’d been meaning to pick up in previous years, and caught up on those instead of new ones.

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Books I *WILL* Read Before 2021 Ends

Me? Posting regularly? Who would’ve thought ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€ HELLO everyone, if there’s one thing I learned in the past couple months, it’s that I am not good at balancing reading and school.

I’ve read a total of 46 books so far this year, but I’m determined to get that that number up to 50, because why not. I feel like that’s a good, achievable goal that isn’t too crazy or out there. Well, there’s also a bit of a problem…

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Disappointing Reads of 2021

Okay HELLO ๐Ÿ˜ณ it has yet again been a full MONTH since my last post, and all I have to say for myself is that college is brutal. Final exams are next week, project deadlines are coming up, and to top it all off, I haven’t read anything since September.

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Books to Read in the Summer | seasonal recommendations

Depending on where you are in the world, we’re getting one day closer to summer! Finally. It’s been a rough semester of online university and I’m happy to finally have a chance to relax a little and enjoy some good weather ๐Ÿฅฐ

If you’re anything like me, you’re in the mood for different types of books depending on the season. For example, in the winter you might prefer fantasy/sci-fi whereas in summer it’s more of a contemporary/romance vibe. Hopefully that is not just a ‘me thing’ and some of you can relate lol.

Here are some recommendations for books to read over the summer that perfectly fit the vibes! Loooots of YA contemporary on this list because that genre is literally MADE for sunny days ๐ŸŒž But I will also add more diverse genres in case that’s more to your liking.

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10 Popular Books That are Worth the Hype

We all know the feeling of being excited to read a book because it’s been receiving high praise from everyone you know. Then, you read the book and…it wasn’t what you’d expected. You feel disappointed and start to question if you read the same book everyone else did.

Well, this list is full of books that had the exact opposite effect! These are all popular books that you’ve most definitely heard of if you’ve been a part of the online book community. Some of them I was hesitant about while others I knew before even starting that they would become instant faves. What they all have in common is I absolutely loved them.

A little disclaimer before we start: Obviously not every book is going to be to everyone’s liking. Every book gets its fair share of criticism because we all have our own thoughts! These are just my opinions ๐Ÿ’™ ALSO, I’m going to try not to mention popular books I have talked about in previous posts. For example, I often talk about Six of Crows, Crescent City, etc. as being books I love so they won’t be mentioned here.

Anyways, let’s get into it!

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What I Read in March + My April TBR

So, remember when I said I wouldn’t be posting a March wrap-up because I probably wouldn’t read enough to write a whole post about? Well, surprise ๐Ÿ˜—๐ŸŽ‰ I didn’t have an amazing reading month, but audiobooks came through once again to save me. I’m happy to say I was able to read/listen a grant total of 4 books — which, considering how crazy University has been, is somewhat of an achievement.

I also have an updated TBR for April and May! It’s honestly so unpredictable how things will go and how much time I’ll actually have to read. The good news is April is my last month of classes before Summer break (but then I signed up to take Summer classes. Love that for me ๐Ÿ™ƒ). I’m really hoping I still won’t be too busy and that I’ll have a good amount of free time.

Also, really quick, I wanted to say take my TBR with a grain of salt. I’ve really been taking advantage of Libby (my virtual library) and because of that I’ve kind of been reading whatever is available at the moment. That means that it’s a lot of spur of the moment picks and it’s actually been a good way of getting me to read books I normally wouldn’t have picked up.

I read a wide variety of genres and had a lot of opinions, so without further ado…

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Crazy Rich Asians | book review

“Remember, every treasure comes with a price.”

My decision to read Crazy Rich Asians was pretty spontaneous and if I’m being honest, I didn’t even have any plans of ever picking it up. The main reason for that is I LOVE the movie (I would even go so far to say it’s one of my favorite rom-com films ๐Ÿ‘€) and was slightly nervous about whether or not the book would be a let down. I mean, as far as the movie goes, it was just such a fun time and full of ridiculous, extravagant characters whom you couldn’t help but love. I’ve watched the movie so many times at this point, and the thought of reading the book hadn’t even really crossed my mind.

BUT, I was scrolling through the Libby app on my phone to look for an audiobook I could listen to while working and Crazy Rich Asians was one of the only ones that really caught my eye. I decided to get it and…here we are! Hope you guys liked that (unnecessary) recount of why and how I read this book ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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Everything I Never Told You | book review

โ€œYou never got what you wanted; you just learned to get by without it.โ€

If I could describe Everything I Never Told You in one sentence, it would be this: a heartbreaking book about a fractured family told in a beautiful way. Luckily, I have more than one sentence to write this review, but frankly, I donโ€™t think anything I write could truly do it justice. 

This book takes place in the suburbs of Ohio during the 1970โ€™s. The Leeโ€™s are a mixed-race family of four who have a seemingly perfect life. However, the story starts with the body of Lydia Lee, the oldest daughter, being found in the local lake. In her wake, Lydiaโ€™s mother, father, brother, and sister are all left to deal with their grief and figure out where they stand as a family and as individuals without her. We follow multiple timelines, like when James Lee (the father) and Marilyn (the mother) first met, their romance and struggles as an inter-racial couple in the 60โ€™s/70โ€™s, the lives of their kids growing up, and more.

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