Books I’ve Read In 2018

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If you remember last year on the blog, I was accomplishing a lot in terms of reading. I put a tbr up every month and I posted reviews at least once a month. I read 30 books in 6 months last year so I set a high goal for myself back in January. Unfortunately, along with 2018 came my return to college and I was so busy with schoolwork that whenever I did have time to read, I was spending it napping or watching Netflix. However, 2018 was not completely fruitless in terms of reading, so here are the books that I have read this year so far.

  1. Beowulf//translated by Seamus Heany: The first 2 books on this list were ones that I ended up reading for my intro to literature course during 2nd semester. For a long time they were the only two books I had read. Despite the fact that it was for school, I actually really liked Beowulf. If you care at all about the origins of literature, I think this book is really important. This translation in specific is also amazing and really made me think about language as a whole.
  2. Othello//by William Shakespeare: Once again this one was for class. I read this play in a single afternoon, and I think it has taken the spot for my favorite Shakespeare play. I think Othello is completely underrated. I love that it’s set in Italy, I love the characters, and I love the plot. A classic that definitely deserves to be a classic. image2 (9)
  3. Crush//by Richard Siken: I don’t have a picture for this one because I borrowed it from my friend. I read it to write a review on for my advanced poetry class, and it was a very easy assignment because this book is beautiful. I don’t want to say too much about it because I have a post about my favorite poetry books in the works.
  4. The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls//Joan Jacobs Brumberg: Okay, I lied, I guess the first 5 on this list were technically for school. This one was for Women’s Studies and OH MY GOD is it important. If you are a woman or care at all about the way women are perceived you need to read this book. I learned so many things I didn’t know from this book. Give it to your daughter, give it to your mom, your aunt, your dog, I don’t care, everyone needs to read this book.   image4 (3)
  5. Love’s Last Number//Christopher Howell: This was another book for my advanced poetry course. Usually when I read poetry books, I pick ones that are by people like me, and also usually women so this was very different for me. I didn’t love it but the language was nice and I keep a favorite line from it in my notes on my phone. “Rocking with you through the twilight suicides of moths against the bulb”
  6. Snotgirl Vol. 1: Green Hair Don’t Care//Bryan Lee O’Malley : When I started getting back into my personal reading, I started with graphic novels. Graphic novels are some of my favorite books and this has made the “top 10” list . It’s by the same author who wrote Scott Pilgrim, which is cool and it’s just adorable, hilarious, and a little dark. I cannot wait until Vol. 2 comes out.image5 (4)
  7. Paper Girls Vol. 4//by Brian K. Vaughan: The fourth installment of one of my most loved graphic novel stories. I don’t have a ton to say about this except that it is entertaining and absolutely lovely. I would definitely like to do a series review of these in the future.
  8. The Four Agreements//Miguel Ruiz: I have an aversion to self help books but this one is an exception. It’s more of a book about spirituality and overall it made me feel a lot better about where I am in my life. It reminded me of how important letting things go is.                                                                                                                                image3 (4)
  9. A Conjuring Of Light//V.E. Schwab: I’m not going say anything about this one because there is a trilogy review coming VERY SOON for the “Shades Of Magic,” Trilogy. This is one of my all time favorite series’ though, and the finale didn’t disappoint.image6 (4)

I’ve been reading quite a bit more lately so if I keep this momentum, I will hopefully be posting a December TBR. Let me know in the comments what books you’ve read this year!

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June TBR

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June is starting, I will be relaxing and vacationing, so here are the reads I picked out this month for long flights and sunny days:

  1. Almost Adulting – Arden Rose: An adorable book by a youtuber who I actually really enjoy. This book was given to me by my sister and the cover was just to dang cute to  pass it up. When picking books for this month I was looking at books that would be good for planes and beaches and this seemed good for both.image4 (10)
  2. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han: Recommended to me by the fabulous Grace, I picked up this book for some light YA reading. This one will also be tagging along to the beaches of Belize.image7 (3)
  3. The Nest – Cynthia D’aprix Sweeney: If I’m being honest, I’m not to certain what this book is actually about, I was distracted by the gilded cover. 🙂image5 (9)
  4. The Wicked + The Divine: The Faust Act – Gillen McKelvie and Wilson Cowles: It seems like I pick this graphic novel up every single time I’m in a book store and even though I am not certain I love the plot, I adore the art.image2 (12)
  5. Through The Woods – Emily Carroll: In keeping the spirit of Halloween all year round, I picked up this illustrated collection of scary stories and I am in love. Every time I flip it open I get tingles.image3 (11)
  6. A Different Shade Of Magic – V.E. Schwab: Sound familiar? The book club book for last month has been moved to this month! We all got really busy and didn’t have time to start it so it is now June’s Tender Warriors Book Club pick! If you want to read along with us feel free!image6 (7)Those are the books for this month! image1 (13)

Everything, Everything

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If you read my May TBR, then you know that this month I was reading Nicola Yoon’s “Everything, Everything,” which was released as a film as well, on May 19th.

“Everything, Everything,” is a story about a girl named Madeline who is born with an immunodeficiency disorder and has never left her house. When new neighbors move in next store, Maddy begins talking online with their son Olly. Talking online with him makes her question her illness and ultimately become a bolder person, and the plot develops from there.

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The beautiful book cover.

I finished this book in 2 days and I thought it was lovely. I don’t usually spring for YA novels, but I really liked the cover of this one and I only liked it more when I started reading it. The writing is captivating and the addition of illustrations makes it unique. Starting off, it seemed similar to “The Fault In Our Stars,” but the twist in the end (which I won’t disclose here because, spoilers) separates it from that group. Overall when I finished reading, I was pleased with the ending and the book.

2 nights ago, I saw the movie and enjoyed it just as much. It starred Amandala Stenberg who I have been following on Instagram for quite some time and she was absolutely beautiful. The soundtrack fit the book perfectly and overall the movie remained true to the events in the novel. It didn’t concentrate too much on the romance and concentrated more on Madeline working through her disease and growing as a person, which was refreshing. All in all it was feel good and enjoyable.

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At the end of both I give “Everything, Everything” a combined 4 out of 5 stars. If you are looking for a light, refreshing summer read, then I would recommend you pick up this book.

May TBR

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Here are the books I plan to read in MAY:

Sorry in advance for the low picture quality but I only had the time to take them at night. image1 (11)

  1. The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood: My mom has been telling me to read this book for years and since the new Hulu series adaptation of it just came out, I feel like it’s about time to read it.image3 (9).JPG
  2. The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins: Another recommendation from my mom. She’s a smart lady, so when she tells me to read something I read it.image2 (10)
  3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon: I decided to add some YA this month because all the books I read last month were pretty heavy. Plus the movie comes out May 19, so I’m sticking with this months trend of reading before watching.image4 (9)
  4. A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab: Last pick of the month is this months book club pick. It’s part of a trilogy that I have heard only good things about. I have been trying for a while to find some good adult fantasy because it was one of my favorite genres when I was younger. Image result for A darker shade of magic