May 2017 Wrap-Up & June Anticipated Releases

May was a pretty good month for me.

In terms of reading? Posssibly. Blogging? Eh, not really.

But, in terms of non-bookish life. Absolutely, because 1) I finished all my exams 2) I’m pretty sure I aced them and 3) it’s finally summer!

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston | Nerdy, Relatable, and Deep

 

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Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Retelling

Publisher: Quirk Books

Published: April 4, 2017

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. (source)

My Review Graphic

Note: This review is spoiler-free!

I was expecting nerdiness, and goofiness, and fluffiness from this book. And I got that.

I got more than that.

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The Role of Age in the YA Community | A Discussion

Lately around twitter, there has been some discussion about the different age demographics in the YA book community. If you’ve been online then you’ve probably seen that there is a mix of many different age groups in our community.

This is fantastic of course! I’m happy that YA touches so many people at any point in their life. However, some complications are also evident.

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5 Books I Didn’t Expect to Love | Spoiler Alert: I Did!

Deciding what to read next is hard.

As bookworms, we know this. As bloggers, we especially know this. Who has time to read a book that they’re just not interested in? As such, I generally don’t bother picking up books that I’m not at least 70% sure I’ll enjoy. I mean, my TBR is begging for mercy as it is, and it just cannot afford the extra weight.

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Diversity Spotlight #2 | March 9th 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.

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And the Bookish Oscar Goes To…

I’m not really an Oscars type of person. Celebrities, Hollywood… just not what I’m interested in. But, do you know what I am interested in? BOOKS! Shocking, right?

So if any of you bibliophiles like me are out there, and decided to ditch the Oscars this year, I’ve created a bookish one for you!

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies | Book Review

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Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Author: Louise Gornall

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Clarion Books

Published: January 3, 2017

Star Rating: 5 stars

 

 

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13 Diverse Books I’m Afraid I’ll Have to Read This Year

Haha, afraid. Because, you know… Happy Friday the 13th!

Friday the 13th has always seemed like a mini-Halloween to me. I mean, sure, you don’t dress up and go trick-or-treating, but it does have that spooky aspect to it.

In honor of today, I’m talking about 13 diverse books that I totally need to get my hands on this year. And, despite the title that was created to celebrate this “holiday”, I’m not afraid of any of these. On the contrary, I’m freaking pumped to read them. Some have already been released, some have yet to be published, but either way, I’ve got to read these books before the year is up.

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Why I Don’t Mind the Dreaded DNF

We all hate it. Devoting time (and, let’s be honest, effort) to reading a book that you’re hoping will be brilliant, but finding out that it’s just not for you. A lot of readers persevere and keep going until that last page. Why? No one wants to DNF.

For those of you who don’t know, DNF stands for “Did Not Finish”, meaning a book that you decided not to complete – as far as I know – for good.

I’ve seen a lot of people say that they hate DNF – they can’t give up on a story halfway through, what’s the point? I, on the other hand, really don’t mind not finishing a book.

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A Reading Year in Review | Goodbye 2016

I’m not going to say that this reading year sucked, because it didn’t. I read some great things – in fact, I even found my new favorite book/trilogy! Yay!

But, if I had to describe my year in books in one word, it would be… mediocre.

My multi-month reading slump made it difficult to keep a steady rhythm of reading. The whole pick up a new book, devour it, then pick up the next one. Rinse and repeat. That was last year’s reading. This year, not so much.

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