Summerathon TBR | 5 Books, 1 Week

I love readathons with all of my heart.

Not only because they motivate me to read more (which they absolutely do), but also because I love interacting with people online while we’re all working towards the same goal.

This week I’ll be participating in Summerathon, which starts on Friday, June 21st (today! A.k.a the summer solstice!) and ends on Thursday, June 27th. Check out this video if you want some more information!

Here is my TBR for it! I’m going to try to fill all the challenges, which, if I do, will mean I’ve read five books in less than a week, which I haven’t done in at least a year.

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Summer Cleaning: Books I’m Finally Unhauling

Today, I’m cleansing my bookshelves.

I have one bookshelf in my room, and it’s starting to really fill up. As such, it’s time for another unhaul.

I’ve talked about some tips to unhauling your books on my blog before, but it’s been a while since I’ve practiced what I’ve been preaching. So, I figured I’d use some common excuses us bookworms make for keeping a book to pick apart my shelves a little bit. For each excuse, I inserted a book from my shelf that fits under that category that I am finally saying goodbye to.

I’m not saying you have to an unhaul the books that fit into these categories, but it might be a good idea to re-evaluate whether you really need it, especially if you’re already looking to free up some bookshelf real estate.

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A Rare June TBR

I’m not a huge TBR person.

It’s the mood reader in me. When I make a TBR, I’m probably less likely to read any of the books on there, you know, in the spirit of rebelling against the system.

However, this month will be an exception for two reasons:

  1. I’m doing a little readathon with Mia @ Pen and Parchment with specific prompts from Monday, June 3, to Sunday, June 9, so that will help keep me on a TBR!
  2. Since it’s Pride month, I want to work on reading some of the LGBTQ+ books on my shelf.

So without further ado, let’s get right into it! I’ll start with Mia and I’s readathon TBR.

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April 2019 | Wrap-Up

What a month, folks.

It feels like it’s been forever since I’ve been on here, but I have actually been semi-active with my posting this month, all things considered (even if most of that was scheduled posting and my head was buried in an art history textbook while it was happening).

Gotta say though, while April was busy and stressful, and I barely got any reading done, I still enjoyed it! And, without further ado, here is the breakdown of it.

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My Top 6 Audiobook Recommendations

Audiobooks are my secret reading weapon.

I understand that they’re not for everyone (although, I’m hoping some of the books on here will change that), but they have been so helpful to me over the last few months in getting me to read more. As a reader, consuming a book in the same format over and over can start to feel boring.

Sometimes your eyes just don’t feel like cooperating. Sometimes your hands are tired of holding the book. Sometimes, you just want to sit in the dark with your eyes closed and relax, while still absorbing a story.

The solution? Audiobooks. Yup. It’s that simple.

So if you’ve felt hesitant to give the little oral novels (only synonym I could think of for audiobooks) a try, then direct your attention to this post. Immediately! I cannot allow you to go on another moment without giving one of these fantastic books on tape (ah, another!) a try.

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March 2019 | Wrap Up

My birthday month (AKA the best month of the year) is over.

Yes, that’s right, I turned 17 this month! OUTRAGEOUS. I’m at, like, the ideal YA age right now, but I haven’t received a letter, met my new mentor, or had to save the world. Oh, well. I have an entire year to catch up!

Other then having a great birthday, March was just an all-around good month!

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You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn: Charming, Musical, and Soulful | ARC Review

Title: You’d Be Mine

Author: Erin Hahn

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Published: April 2, 2019

Format: ARC

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things. 

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen. 

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.

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Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale: Atmospheric, Lyrical, and Romantic | Book Review

Title: Small Town Hearts

Author: Lillie Vale

Genre: YA Contemporary

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Published: March 19, 2019

Format: ARC

Rating: 5/5 stars

Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy. 

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.
And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?

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A Case for Changing Ratings Long After Reading | Book Discussion

Accurately rating books can be tricky.

Recently, I published a post listing some books I gave five stars to that, in hindsight, weren’t five star reads. I then proceeded to decrease their star ratings on my Goodreads to what I now feel better represents my thoughts on the books.

As I went to publish that post, I wondered if it was something I should even be writing. Whether or not it was fair to go back and change a rating on a book that I read a year, or more, ago.

Obviously, I decided to upload my ramblings anyway. Still, the question stayed with me. Is it fair to change the rating of a book a while after you read it?

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February 2019 | Wrap-Up

Month number 2 is in the books.

And I am decidedly not in the books. As in, not reading the books. (Great segue, I know). The past few weeks have been absolutely manic, and I know it’s not going to slow down for at least a couple months.

Even though it’s been a stressful month, I would still classify it as a good month, because even I was busy doing things, they were things that I enjoyed doing.

So, I read some good books, had some fun times, and I’m here today to tell you about them!

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