Month in Review: April 2019

Favorite Media

Season eight of Game of Thrones has consumed me for the past couple of weeks. I live-tweet the episode every Sunday and then watch The Ringer for recaps. To think that something that has been a part of my life for the last six years is just going to be over next month is… not something I really want to dwell on, tbh.

If you’re caught up on The Magicians season four, you’ll know why I chose this. And if you’re not? Well, just enjoy this exquisitely beautiful song from a new-to-me band.

Stuff I Added to My Queue

I saw The Binding in a book journal and was intrigued enough to look it up on Goodreads. Although it’s gotten mixed reviews, I still think it’s one of those books that I have to read for myself.

Daisy Jones & the Six is here because, after months of being on my radar, I finally added it to my TBR.

Where did I hear about Fake It Till You Break It? πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ But it centers around two teens who fake date (until they don’t???) and looks like a perfect addition to my Year of the Asian reading challenge!

Vicky has been talking up Hot Dog Girl for months, and how can I not want to read “an awkwardly sweet queer rom-com”?

Make It Scream, Make It Burn has such a vibrant, arresting cover, y’all, but the fact that its about obsession and longing doesn’t hurt, either.

I’m sure that I’ve heard about Red, White & Royal Blue from more than just Destiny, but her love for this book sticks out the most.

A true crime/memoir from the hosts of My Favorite Murder? πŸ™‹

Shealea’s review of With the Fire on High was enough for me to page through my library’s copy last week and guess what I added it to my TBR.

On My Radar

  • Abby explained how library science favors the privileged
  • Emily looked back on 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Sara highlighted the need for better social media etiquette
  • Both Cristina and Sarah wrote about the problems with labeling books (and especially young adult titles) “clean”

What were YOU up to in April? Let me know!

Month in Review: March 2019

Favorite Media

I was never the biggest Hozier fan, but loving “Take Me to Church” was enough to get me to check out Wasteland Baby from the library. But this album, y’all! I basically like every song (which is so rare) and already really love a few (especially “Movement“). If you’re even a passing Hozier fan, you really need to check out this album.

I don’t think I realized how much I missed the JoBros until “Sucker” dropped in early March. This is a bop, y’all, and my 20-year-old self is screaming.

Stuff I Added to My Queue

I’m pretty sure that I’d add The Friend Zone to my TBR without the infertility plotline, but I have yet to see another contemporary romance address this, and so now I’m super intrigued!

Do I desperately wait for a new Millennium novel? No. Did I automatically add The Girl Who Lived Twice to my TBR the first moment I knew it was being published? Yes. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Destiny featured both Let’s Get Textual and Level Up in one of her ‘TBR Lows & Highs’ posts, and it’s a good example of how a good rec can overcome both a cheesy plot or a bad cover.

New Orleans Rush was another Destiny find! The meet-cute and forced-into-one-another’s-company plot sounds like an ideal pick-me-up the next time I finish something heavy.

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What were YOU up to in March? Let me know!

Top Ten: Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was things that make me pick up a book.

Let me just say that I am in LOVE with this topic! I chose to list reasons why I might physically pick up a book or why I might then add a book to my TBR, with real-world examples because why the heck not.

β™₯ It comes personally recommended: an acquaintance texted me out of the blue with “Umm have you read Big Little Lies? I’m watching the HBO miniseries and holy shit I’m hooked” and her thinking of me made me wonder if the book might be my kind of thing after all.
β™₯ It has cute illustrations: A story may sound interesting, but if I can’t stand the illustration style, there is no way it’s going on my TBR. I am so in enamored with Cannonball‘s illustrations, though, as well as its coloring.
β™₯ It comes highly recommended across my corner of the bookternet: I have literally seen nothing but good reviews for The Kiss Quotient and having it consistently get four- and five-star reviews made me want to read it.
β™₯ It includes time travel: I will almost always pick up a book that includes a reference to time travel, but not all of them get added to my TBR. An Ocean on Minutes made the cut.
β™₯ It’s a retelling of an old favorite: I went through a good half-year when I basically only read books that were either Pride and Prejudice re-tellings or included the book as a plot point. I fell out of the habit, but then Pride came out and it just sounded so freaking good.

β™₯ I love the cover: whenever people say “you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover” I think well why the hell not? I do this constantly, and Queenie catches my eye literally every time I come across it.
β™₯ It flips a trope: I love a good Chosen One Story, but I also love when our Chosen One is off… over there… doing their own thing, and I get to read about everyone else, like in The Rest of Us Just Live Here.
β™₯ It covers one of my interests: I’m a big fan of 1960s-era NASA, and so I will at least peak at anything that covers it. After watching First Man recently, the topic was on the brain when I saw Shoot for the Moon: The Space Race and the Extraordinary Voyage of Apollo 11 come into my library.
β™₯ I loved the movie: Arrival hit me real hard when I saw it, so much so that I want to read its source material, a short story in Ted Chiang’s Stories of Your Life and Others.
β™₯ It tackles a trope I love: I have a serious ~thing for fake dating and the fact that The Unhoneymooners includes fake fating on a fake honeymoon (stranded in a hotel! sharing one bed! pretending to be newlyweds!) made my alarm bells BLARE.

Month in Review: February 2019

Favorite Media

Oh, man, this book y’all. I stayed up until 12:30am on a work night reading the second half of If I’m Being Honest because I couldn’t put it down. There was a delicious slow-burn romance that made me curl my toes and squee juxtaposed with a nuanced portrait of female friendship. There was fandom and passion projects and mental health and I may have cried a bit? UGH IT’S SO GOOD.

Listen: I was not a fan of this song for the longest time and then I watched Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform it at the Oscars and now I can’t get enough. (Including all of the covers.)

Stuff I Added to My Queue

Bad Blood came out last summer, but I’m still hearing good things about it, and I was in a (desperate) mood for some well-written true crime after struggling through Mindhunter. πŸ‘Ž

The cover of Cannonball caught my eye in an issue of Publisher’s Weekly, and then the summary just sounded so me that I had to add it to my TBR.

Where did The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane catch my eye? πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ But that cover! And the summary! It gives me such Shadow Cipher vibes, and I am here for it.

I normally like my true crime more, I don’t know, high-profile? But every time I came across Say Nothing, I thought, “hmm, that actually sounds really interesting.”

Vicky recommended Starry Eyes as part of a massive YA romance post, and I couldn’t pass up something summarized as one of her “favorite enemies-to-lovers contemporary romances EVER.”

Another middle-grade mystery that reminds me of Shadow Cipher? A new Margaret Peterson Haddix? Gimme The Strangers now please.

Vita Nostra is a decade-old Russian fantasy whose English translation was just release a couple of months ago, and the combination of “adventure, magic, science, and philosophy that probes the mysteries of existence, filtered through a distinct Russian sensibility” sounds fantastic.

Ari featured Whisper Network as a recent TBR add, and it just sounds so delicious that I had to add it as well. (Especially because of this snippet: “If only you had listened to us,” they tell us on page one, β€œnone of this would have happened.”)

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What were YOU up to in February? Let me know!

Month in Review: January 2019

Favorite Media

I have been on a superb Aaron Tveit kick lately, which has basically come and gone since Grease Live! but is right now like JSKLDJ:KLS. I went down a rabbit hole one afternoon and came across a cover of “I Can’t Make You Love Me”/”All I Ask” which is just all kinds of devastating. Like, he looks absolutely WRECKED while singing, but it somehow makes the songs that much better. (UGH my heart.)

Stuff I Added to My Queue

I stumbled onto The Bookish Life of Nina Hill through NetGalley and then promptly fell in love with the cover and summary. An Introverted bookworm falling in love with her trivia partner? Yes, please!

The Flatshare sounds like it could be, I don’t know, weird? But I’m hoping it’s the cute romantic read the summary promises.

Everyone (and their mother) has Internment on their TBRs, and I have also succumbed to peer pressure. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Do I really need to explain why I added Meet Cute? It sounds like every fanfic I ever read and loved while in college and I am so here for that.

Is Opposite of Always another YA meet-cute that also kind of features time travel? Or maybe it’s just About Time in book form?? I don’t care, though, because both sound adorable!

The cover for Queenie is gorgeous, it sounds like a character study more than a plot-driven novel, and I am 100% super okay it.

Technically, You Started It gives me the same ~vibe I got out of Emergency Contact with a dash of Sierra Burgess Is a Loser through in, and I’m hoping it doesn’t disappoint. 🀞

I literally read The Unhoneymooners‘ summary line-by-line expecting something to jump out as “meh” but then nothing did??? And then I saw that it was by Christina Lauren and I was like “oh duh no wonder.”

A new Lindy West? ‘Nuff said.

On My Radar

  • I’m going to BEA this year (!!!), but I don’t live in NYC, so now I have to book a hotel and decide on a mode of travel. (Yes, this might take me a whole month to accomplish!)
  • I’m ahead with my reading which means I might get to my ARC of If I’m Being Honest in time to nominate it for LibraryReads! (Like, who am I right now???)
  • I’m skating by with my blog and video schedule, but I want to make it a priority to sit down once a week and actually do things in advance (as opposed to the night before). Why is time management so freaking hard?

What were YOU up to in January? Let me know!

Top Ten: GN I’ve Added to My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was the last ten books I added to my TBR, but since I cover new TBR additions in my monthly wrap-up posts, I decided to focus on the last ten GN I added to my TBR!

Bloom by Kevin Panetta // Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jonny Sun // Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk // March: Book One by John Lewis // The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

Patience by Daniel Clowes // Shigeru Mizuki’s Hitler by Shigeru Mizuki // Someone Please Have Sex with Me by Gina Wynbrandt // We Stand on Guard by Brian K. Vaughn // The White Donkey: Terminal Lance by Maximilian Uriarte

Top Ten: Books I Meant to Read in 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme was books I meant to read in 2018.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green // Archenemies by Marissa Meyer // Breakout by Kate Messner // The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas // The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Night Film by Marisha Pessl // Sadie by Courtney Summers // There There by Tommy Orange // The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee // The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory