“Imagine me master of my own universe I am everything I ever dreamed of”
I’m truly ashamed of how long it took me to read this. With COVID-19 and working from home, I have no excuse for reading 2 books in the last 4 months of WFH. Still, I’m glad I got this finished before I head back into a new normal daily grind and put this beloved series to rest.
No matter how much I crave peace, the gods have other plans.
I am truly ashamed of how long it took me to read this book because it is brilliant and deserved to be consumed in a week or less. Life kept getting in the way or I kept having readers block, but I finally finished and now I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.
“There’s only so much you can take being described as somebody you’re not.”
Another amazing novel from Angie Thomas. The Hate U Give was such an impactful and raw story, I had no idea what On the Come Up was going to have in store as a follow up. Equally as honest, but a different type of story.
“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
This is one of the most beloved required reads ever. No one hated it when it was required in high school. I, however, was required to read another book so I never read this…until now. I think I would’ve appreciated it in high school, but I’m especially glad I read it as an adult to really understand and appreciate it.
Published by Little, Brown and Company on November 19, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
“I think of his riddle. How do people like us take off our armor? One piece at a time.”
A series with a final book worthy of finishing in 24 hours. Not even a full day ago had I started The Queen of Nothing and now I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes because it’s over. I know this a series I will turn to when I want a good re-read.
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopia, Young Adult
“There were two kinds of monsters, the kind that hunted the streets and the kind that lived in your head. She could fight the first, but the second was more dangerous. It was always, always, always a step ahead.”
2020 is off to a really good start. I finally finished Our Dark Duet, which I started in October, and it really caught me in all of the emotions.
Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdred: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
Published by Forge Books on May 28, 2019
Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, True Crime
“We barely get any time on this planet. Do not spend it pleasing other people. Fuck politeness. Live life exactly how you want to live it so you can love the life you make for yourself.”
I started listening to My Favorite Murder when I started working a full-time job. I needed something to keep my mind busy and it helped the time pass. I’ve never been a big listener of any podcasts, but something about the balance of humor, true-crime, and a strong bond between two friends turned me into a full-fledged fan.
Before 2020 progresses any further, I need to tell you my top five of 2019.
It was a weird year of reading for me. The first month or so I read a few books back-to-back. The next couple of months lulled. This was followed by a month and a half or so of binge reading. Then…a really long lull. Looking back, what I can say about the books I read in the last year of the 2010s is most of the books I read brought me right back to where it all began earlier in the decade.
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse
Have you ever been drawn magnetically to a book? You’re looking at your bookshelf, trying to figure out to read, and out of nowhere is a pull towards one specific book? That’s what happened to me with this book. One morning I woke up and decided I have to read this book and I have to consume it as quickly as I can. The magnetic pull was right. This book was amazing.
To make this easy, above the cut off I’ll keep it spoiler-free and below the cut off, beware.
I read Looking for Alaska in 2013. It was my second John Green novel after The Fault in Our Stars and…I didn’t like it. When I heard about Hulu picking it up to make into a mini-series I rolled my eyes. Paper Towns was just as bad as the book in my opinion (another John Green novel I didn’t enjoy) and I expected to feel about the show as I did the book. I did not feel that way at all. I ended up really enjoying it, cried a bunch, and watched the whole thing in 2 nights.
If you’ve read the book or you haven’t, I recommend watching the show. Full thoughts on everything will be below, but looking back on it as a whole: go watch.
I’ve been looking forward to this book the most because I knew it was going to cause me the least pain. Somehow I’ve become so invested in this series and I can’t seem to put these books down or read anything else for that matter.
Oh sweet alien babies, I do love this world JLA has created. I don’t think there’s anything within the Lux world that I wouldn’t enjoy. The Burning Shadow lived up to my expectations after The Darkest Star and then some.
Sometimes our best action result in things that are most regrettable.
Whatever I thought this series was going to be about, I was sorely mistaken. I could not have been further from the truth, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this series way more than I thought I was going to