Mid-Year Freak Out Tag – 2019

It’s that time of year again! I’ve only read 13 books, so I’m a little bummed about that. However, I set my goal for 25 books this year, and I’m already 2 books ahead of schedule so that makes me feel a bit better!

Let me know down in the comments what your goals are for the rest of the year!

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi


2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019.

The only sequel I read this year was Defy Me and it wasn’t the greatest. I gave it 3 out of 5 stars; it wasn’t the strongest book out of the series.


3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

I have this on request for my library so I’ll be reading this very soon. Once I read the synopsis, I was intrigued to read this because I think this will be a very impactful but yet lighthearted read, so I’m definitely looking forward to reading it.


4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

I haven’t really been caught up with recent releases all that much beyond the recent couple of months. However, I will want to read Children of Virtue and Vengeance when it comes out. So, I’ll be waiting for this one for the next 6 months.


5. Biggest disappointment.

Definitely Defy Me. After I got hooked in the Shatter Me series, I was excited for each book, and I thought we were going to get our questions answered, but since nothing really happened, it just left off with more questions, unfortunately.


6. Biggest surprise.

I heard very good things about this book. The synopsis sounded really interesting, and decided to give it a try. As I read it, I was surprised that it wasn’t really like I was expecting. The writing especially, wasn’t very good, and there were actually a lot of grammar mistakes that were noticeable. I did like parts of the character’s relationship, however, a lot of the time, the dialogue between them were awkward and forced. It definitely wasn’t as I was expecting.


7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you) and 8. Newest fictional crush.

Casey Mcquiston – author of Red, White and Royal Blue

I don’t have a fictional crush, but instead, one relationship I adore is Alex and Henry from this book. It’s a hate to love trope, and it’s just so adorable!


9. Newest favourite character.

I know I’ve been technically cheating on some these answers, but I don’t connect with characters that easily. But in Water Runs Red, the author, talks about herself and her experiences through poetry. It’s definitely inspiring, and shows how much strength she has despite her struggles. I have a lot of admiration for her.


I’m going to combine 10. Book that made you cry. and 11. Book that made you happy. because the same book is for both of them.

I fell in love with this book the moment I read it, and it made my cry and it made me incredibly happy. It allowed me to connect with the story and gave me all the feels. This was definitely a five star read, and if you haven’t yet, you should read it too!


12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

I haven’t bought many books this year, or received many. I believe I’ve only bought two. The Butterfly Project cover is so beautiful.


13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

One of the books I want to read is Bloom because the plot has me very intrigued, and it’s also a graphic novel and I can already tell I’ll love the art style. I’m just going to go on with what I’m feeling to read besides this book.

Goth Girl

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I drew this when I was in eighth grade along with the “Girl” drawing. I was experimenting with DragoArt but also incorporating my own sense of style within drawing people. I prefer the Girl drawing over this one but I still like this one because it’s still a good drawing for experimentation. 

Writing Prompt #9

Prompt: “I’m going to pretend that didn’t happen and go back home now.” 

“I’m going to pretend that didn’t happen and go back home now.”  Alex said once that embarrassing moment happened. It wasn’t anything bad but everyone has those moments that you mess up doing something, or saying something. That was one of those moments. I like our relationship because when those types of moments happen we laugh, and it isn’t awkward at all. We’re so comfortable with each other and it makes me wonder how many relationships are out there that are this comfortable.

“I’ll miss you,” I tell him. He smiles at me but doesn’t say anything because his expression says it all. He closes the door behind him, and I go and clean the kitchen from the mess I made from dinner.

A while later Alex sends me a text.

I made it home alive. Can I come back now? 🙂

I smile and my heart melts. I write back:

Of course. I love you.

He sends another text back telling me that he loves me and to make sure I don’t stay up late. I have a bad habit of doing that but it’s how my brain functions. I need to write as much as I can because of due dates that I set up for myself. I write better when I’m under pressure. Tonight I write so much, and exhausted myself, that I end up falling asleep at my desk.

Queer Recommendations

Hello! Happy Wednesday!

In honor of pride month, I’ve decided to recommend books that have queer characters! I have decided to list books I have read, and tell you about some I haven’t read but heard wonderful things about and would like to read in the future. There are so many books that are coming out that include queer characters this year and it warms my heart because it needs to happen.

I don’t particularly talk about my sexuality very much, not because I’m not open about it but just because it never really comes up. I identify as demisexual. For those who don’t know what that means, demisexual is where I am not sexually attracted to anyone unless I have an emotional connection with someone.

**Let me know down in the comments what your favorite queer book is, or share if you’re comfortable enough, what your sexual identity is!**


Books I’ve Read:

411odctHzGL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

 

 

 

 

28919058Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

 

 

 

 

25978892The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller

 

 

 

 

51VFrzslYiL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

 

 

 

 

$_57The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

 

 

 

 

19542841More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

 

 

 

51Wx9AWeqzL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

 

 

 

32970644._UY2550_SS2550_Pulp by Robin Talley

 

 

 

 

81f678XqcuLThe Princess and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

 

 

 

 


Books I Haven’t Read but Want To:

29225589Bloom by Kevin Panetta

 

 

 

 

 

i-wish-you-all-the-best-e1538766467795I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

 

 

 

 

 

9780525554295How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox

 

 

 

 

 

how-not-to-ask-a-boy-to-prom-by-sj-goslee-book-cover-189x300How Not To Ask a Boy to Prom by S.J. Goslee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facial Sketches

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I was wondering what I was going to post about for art this week. I ran out of old things to post and was thinking of what drawing I was going to try to come up with the day before. I decided to get out my sketchbook and make drawings that I use to practice all the time when I drew a lot more. I wanted to get reacquainted with drawing and I didn’t want to pressure myself to make a full drawing when I wasn’t use to doing it. I know these aren’t the greatest, but that’s the point; they’re not supposed to be. I’m happy with them because I drew these from memory of how I remembered drawing these types of things and shading them. I want all you to realize that you don’t have to pressure yourself to do something right away, take a breath and start off wherever is comfortable for you.

Girls On the Verge – Mini Review

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Rating: 3.5 stars

“Thirty minutes feels like forever when you’re standing in a hot alley with abortion pills under your tongue.” 

I know 3-star books aren’t considered bad and this one definitely wasn’t. The reason why I rated it kind of low was that I couldn’t relate to any of the characters. It was an enjoyable read but I never found myself feeling strongly about it.

That being said, the topic of abortion is very important within the book. It’s addressed accordingly. Before I go more into the details of the story, I want to mention that I never read the Author’s Note at the end, but for this book I did. It gave me a sense of the authors’ motivation and knowledge of the topic, and it’s really impactful. Especially since the new bills have been recently passed to ban abortions and sentence women and doctors for abortions, it is more important to read this book.

This book takes place mostly in the present on the road, but with some flashbacks to when Camille found out, she was pregnant. Bea and Annabelle ride amongst Camille to receive abortion pills at the border of Mexico. It’s interesting to see them support Camille even though they have different views about abortion, especially Bea. Bea grew up in a very religious household and is against abortion but since Camille is her best friend, she fights her feelings against it in order to support her.

I believe that this was a very well written book, however, this book was very short, and some of it seemed like it was rushed. Although this book was realistic, I feel as though some of it wasn’t. Especially the timeline of their trip and the inferences along the way didn’t seem realistic.

Overall for me, this was an okay book but has a very impactful message within it that I believe that everyone should read.

May Monthly Wrap-Up

Hello! This month flew by. I cannot believe we’re entering the half-year mark already for 2019. This month was kind of weird because I finished my second year of college and moved in for the summer at my boyfriend’s house. The reading month has been a little weird because I started reading multiple things, but never completing any of them.

Before I finished the semester I started No Exit by Taylor Adams and The Weight of Stars by K. Ancrum. 

81Ts04G+BLL.jpgI really wanted to read No Exit, and I started reading it, it didn’t hook me in. I got about roughly 60 pages in and it wasn’t really grasping my attention.

 

 

 

51lH-OCV+oL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_The Weight of Stars, I think I got a little further into than the other book but I think the beginning was still a little slow and it was a longer book. I think that since it was longer, it was going to be a struggle for me to push myself to read.

 

 

I heard really good things about both books and the plots of both seemed interesting, but I’m not so sure I should finish them at a later point. If any of you have read either book, let me know if I should continue or not.

After I got moved into my boyfriend’s house, I wasn’t really in the mood to read right away. I started helping his parents with a lot of things and using my time to do other productive things. Which I’m pretty happy with.

411odctHzGL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_I received Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston in the mail since it came out in May! I wanted to re-read it. I am just about halfway through it and still enjoy it just as much as the first time. If you want to check out my thoughts while I read it as an ARC click here. I plan to finish this book next month and I’ll let you know how I feel after re-reading it.

 

 

51e12LpzgHL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_The other book I picked up towards the end of the month was called Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller. It’s a shorter book but very impactful. I’m also halfway through the book, and also plan on finishing it up in June.

 

 

Some goals I have in June besides finishing the two books that I mentioned was, finishing my buddy read with my boyfriend of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood because we took a hiatus from reading because things got a little busy around here. I also want to re-read The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller because I have a very different outlook on eating disorders. I remember liking the book when I read it but since I’m more aware of eating disorders and mental health, my views may differ.

One Complicated Love Story – Part of Chapter One

Hello! Happy Friday! Last night I rediscovered my old account on Wattpad and I have a few works uploaded. I was also searching through my saved stories that I used to read and it brought me a lot of nostalgia. As much as I hate to admit, my guilty pleasure to read was the whole Bad Boy and Good Girl trope. That was essentially the only thing I would read, otherwise I wouldn’t read anything else. 

The story that I’m sharing a snippet with you all today is one that I attempted to make of that trope. I’m not going to post the full chapter because it’s a bit long. I also have 11 full chapters written (that are unpublished). If you like the story, although it’s when I was 15, so it’s not my best quality, I would be willing to share the full chapters. 

Let me know down in the comments if you currently or used to go on Wattpad, and what was your guilty pleasure reads. Also, let me know if you want to see more of this story!


Beginning of Chapter One

I woke up a couple minutes before my alarm clock like I usually do. I put on my glasses so I could see what I was doing. I reach over to turn on my light and cringed at how bright it was, putting a hand across my eyes. “Ryan!” My father called my name from the bottom of the stairs. I slowly climbed out of my bed, and yelled back, “What?!”

I grabbed a random T-shirt from my closet and pulled it over my head. I pulled out a pair of pale blue jeans and jumped them over my hips. I pulled my long red hair into a ponytail as I walked down the stairs. I went to go sit down at the table where my father was reading the newspaper, holding a glass of milk.

“You yelled?” I asked as I put some bread into the toaster. 

“I was just making sure you were awake, that’s all.”  He mumbled. I rolled my eyes as I went to bite the piece of toast. 

After I was done eating, I put my plate into the sink and ran up the stairs to grab my backpack, and walked back down. A car honked outside.

“Bye dad, love you,” I said to my father.

“Yeah, okay.” My father is normally like this, not even saying goodbye to the only close person in his life. I shrugged it off as I ran to the parked car in the driveway.

“Hey, babe.” My boyfriend, Kyo greeted me when I got into his car. I kissed his cheek for my hello. As soon as I got buckled he pulled out of the driveway and drove to school.

“Ryan…” Kyo started to say. I looked at him and hummed a yes, for him to go on. “I think it’s time to break up.” He told me in a low tone.

I sat there for a moment trying to sink in what he just told me. I decided to finally speak, “Break up?! What! Why?” Kyo jumped, he didn’t even dare to look at me.

“Ryan, I’m sorry, really I am. But you know I’m just not feeling it anymore.” He tried to act cool, but his eyes told another story.

“After the two years we spent together, you decided out of the blue, you weren’t feeling it anymore?” I questioned him.

Kyo and I have been dating for at least two years. He hasn’t shown any sign of him losing interest. 

Kyo parked his car in the street.

“I’m sorry.” His voice nearly broke. He got out of the car while I sat in the passenger seat for a while before getting out. I was hurt, but I don’t cry much, even in this situation. No matter how much I felt like crying, I couldn’t.

After I headed to class thinking of what could have gone wrong, but I came up with no solution.

Personalized Vans

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When I was in 10th grade I took a graphic design class. For one of the assignments, we had to design a Van shoe, and as you can see I chose to do a cow pattern. I was obsessed with cow things as it was new found favorite animal. Cows are probably still my favorite animal today. Let me know down in the comments on what your favorite animal is!

Duologies

Hello! Happy Tuesday! I was thinking about what books to recommend, and looking back at all the books I’ve read, I’ve realized it was either contemporary or longer series, but very few duologies. So for today’s post, I decided to list some duologies for those who don’t like series but want another book afterward the first one! 

If you’ve read any of these, or think of some other ones, let me know down in the comments! **

Also, if I got any duologies incorrect and actually are series, please let me know as well!


518zN4ZSZiL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue & 51j3V1E7DHL.jpgThe Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee

Gentleman: 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.
Lady: A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.

 

220px-Six_of_Crows_by_Leigh_Bardugo_book_coverSix of Crows & 81IJga9KONLCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Small Synopsis: Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .

 

 

81vurbvn9ALWarcross & 91qfFm25d1L.jpgWildcard by Marie Lu

Small Synopsis: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

 

51etZBZC7cL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgStrange the Dreamer & 41c28whhx5L._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

Small Synopsis: The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

 

514XGJE1F2L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_The Wrath and the Dawn & 51526714The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh

Small Synopsis: In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

 

51B-fyFkZOL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThis Savage Song & 51SthgtYS4L._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Small Synopsis: There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

 

 

9780147513878Flame in the Mist & Untitled-4Smoke in the Sun by Renée Ahdieh

Small Synopsis: The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

 

 

51ASXoxJhXL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_Passenger & 51Kva+pUtEL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgWayfarer by Alexandra Bracken

Small Synopsis: In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

 

 

 

9781442472433_p0_v2_s550x406.jpgScythe & 91mya47EdnL.jpgThunderhead by Neil Shusterman (As of right now it’s a duology, it might become a trilogy in the future)

Small Synopsis: Thou shalt kill. A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

 

51Yib0LnJoL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgWintersong & 81r9zd4qbgL._AC_UL320_SR220,320_Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones 

Small Synopsis: All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They’ve enraptured her mind and spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen and helping to run her family’s inn, Liesel can’t help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.

 

 

** Synopses are from Goodreads