Where Have I Been? (And What Have I Been Reading?)

These are both fair questions.

So, I’ve been on a sort of unofficial hiatus for the past few weeks and my only excuse is that my life got extremely busy when school started in August. And by the time October rolled around I was lost in schoolwork, music practice, and (trying) to read.

Which brings us to: What have I been reading?

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Bisexual Books On My TBR

It’s Bisexual Visibility Week, so what am I commemorating it with? Books.

The answer is always books. I may not be bisexual, but I’m always happy to spread the representation love, so I’ve made a list of some of the books on my TBR shelf with bisexual protagonists!

Some have been released yet, some haven’t, but all are crushing me under the weight of my TBR. But a good kind of crushing, ya know?

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Trust by Kylie Scott | ARC Review

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Title: Trust

Author: Kylie Scott

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Published: July 18, 2017

Format: e-ARC via Netgalley

Rating: 3.5 stars

 

 

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.
Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

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Love Triangles and My Burning Hatred of Them | Trope Tuesday

Not to beat a dead horse, but we need to talk about this.

First off, let me start by introducing the meme! Trope Tuesdays is a blog meme created by the fabulous A.J. over at Lacy Literacy. The objective is to discuss a trope that you love, hate, or just want to talk about! (On a Tuesday, hence the name). For my first Trope Tuesday, I thought I’d discuss the one that eats at me the most… the love triangle.

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How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake | Book Review

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Title: How to Make a Wish

Author: Ashley Herring Blake

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Published: May 2nd, 2017

Format: e-ARC via Netgalley

Rating: 4 stars

 

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on. Continue reading “How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake | Book Review”

What Determines When I Read a Book?

Fantastic question!

We all have those books that we avoid all eye contact with because they’ve been on our shelves for a millennia (give or take a few centuries) and the guilt is gnawing at us.

But there are also those books that we buy and read immediately. How come?

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Booktubeathon Mini Reviews | Feat. Want, Lara Jean, and One of Us is Lying

Okay, I’m sure you guys are tired of me talking about booktubeathon by now.

I promise, this is the last time I’ll mention it until next summer! I just read so many good books that week, and there’s no way I can write and post full length reviews for all of them. The perfect solution?? MINI REVIEWS.

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday | August 2017

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelves & Paperbacks that highlights the diverse literature in our world! The weekly meme consists of coming up with a book for three different categories: a diverse book that you’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse book that is on your TBR, and a diverse book that has not been released yet.

This is one of my favorite blog memes to participate in but it’s been months since I’ve done one! So, here we go! All of these books feature characters of color.

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July 2017 Wrap-Up & August Anticipated Releases

My last full month of summer is over.

*sobs for eternity* I have ten days left before school starts again and twelve before my sister/reading buddy moves to college. In other words, I’m really going to be soaking up the next two weeks.

But it is not August yet! It’s time to first say goodbye to July.

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The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue | Book Review

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Title: The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Author: Mackenzi Lee

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Published: June 27th, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 5 stars

 

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

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