Being a Moodreader Can Be Quite Annoying

I am a real mood reader. I’ve never had a problem with this because it’s just the way I am and I  honestly don’t know any better. But after spending some time in the book community and talking to people who can just pick up any book whenever they want, I’ve realized just how incredibly annoying being a mood reader can be. So today, I’m going to give you quite a few reasons why being a mood reading is incredibly frustrating. 

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I can never stick to reading just one book, and I usually end up reading at least 3 books at once because my reading mood can switch very drastically in a second. Because of this, I’m always reading books of different genres and formats (because yes, I can be in the mood for a certain format as well) at the same time, so on Monday morning I might be listening to this super cute contemporary audiobook, while on Monday evening I might be reading a super dark sci-fi ebook. And this can get quite confusing, especially when it comes to character names.

Being a mood reader is really hard when it comes to ARCs. Because you have to post a review of the ARC around the release date you often have to read it within a certain time frame, and if you happen to not be in the mood for contemporaries during that time frame while the ARC that you have to read is a contemporary, you end up enjoying it a lot less than you could have if you’d waited to read it until you were in the right mood. Lees verder

Review: Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

MammothTitle: Mammoth
Author: Jill Baguchinsky
Genres: Young Adult contemporary
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The summer before her junior year, paleontology geek Natalie Page lands a coveted internship at an Ice Age dig site near Austin. Natalie, who’s also a plus-size fashion blogger, depends on the retro style she developed to shield herself from her former bullies, but vintage dresses and perfect lipstick aren’t compatible with prospecting for fossils in the Texas heat. But nothing is going to dampen Natalie’s spirit — she’s exactly where she wants to be, and she gets to work with her hero, a rock-star paleontologist who hosts the most popular paleo podcast in the world. And then there’s Chase the intern, who’s seriously cute, and Cody, a local boy who’d be even cuter if he were less of a grouch.

It’s a summer that promises to be about more than just mammoths.

Until it isn’t.

When Natalie’s hero turns out to be anything but, and steals the credit for one of her accomplishments, Nat has to unearth the confidence she needs to stand out in a field dominated by dudes. To do this, she’ll have to let her true self shine, even if that means defying all the rules for the sake of a major discovery.

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Thank you so much to Turner Publishing for sending me an ARC of this book. 

I enjoyed Mammoth a lot and had an incredibly fun time reading it. I got sucked in from the first few words (or rather, the first drawing) and I never really had the desire to put it down. If I had had time I would have definitely read it in one sitting.

The main character in the book, Natalie Page, adores fashion (and often makes her own pieces) and has a huge passion for paleontology. The book starts off with her getting ready for her internship at an Ice Age dig site in Texas, and this internship was definitely one of my favorite things about the book. Lees verder

Review: Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Odd One OutTitle: Odd One Out
Author:
Nic Stone
Genres:
Young adult contemporary 
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martincomes this illuminating exploration of old friendships, new crushes, and the path to self-discovery.

Courtney “Coop” Cooper
Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn’t mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl.

Rae Evelyn Chin
I assumed “new girl” would be synonymous with “pariah,” but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I’m right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.

Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .

One story.
Three sides.
No easy answers.

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I was incredibly excited about this book ever since it was announced. The synopsis sounded amazing, plus Nic Stone wrote one of my favorite books of last year (Dear Martin), so I was sure I was going to love this.

This book is incredibly messy, but in a very good way. I’ve never read a book which encapsulates how messy romantic and sexual attraction is and how incredibly confusing labels are as this book. Because, wow. It is confusing, and this made this book incredibly relatable. Not just for me, but for a lot of other people (and especially teens), too. Plus, the fact that this book features two queer people of colour as main characters makes it even more important.

I ended up listening to the audiobook and it was an incredibly enjoyable experience. It was fun, easy to get into, and it worked very well as an audiobook. The audiobook has a different narrator for each of the three perspectives (Coop, Jupes and Rae), which worked very well. And the fact that the author herself was the narrator for one of the perspectives made the book feel extra special.

However, while I liked most of the book, there were two things in the book that bothered me a lot. One of these things is the bi-erasure and the biphobia, which happens multiple times when one of the characters dismisses the fact that another character could be into her because this character “likes dudes”. Now, this could definitely be seen as a form of self-protection of this character, but there was also another instance in which one of the characters says that “I don’t mess with bisexual girls … Enough girls leave you for dudes, and you learn to keep your distance” which just felt like a punch in the gut. Especially because it was never called out.

Then there’s also the problem of the very iffy age gaps (one of the main characters, 16, sleeps with a woman in her twenties) which is made even worse by the fact that the 16-year old basically begs and pleads the 20-something woman to sleep with her until her initial “no” is turned into a “okay then”. I felt incredibly uncomfortable with this.

So, while I overall enjoyed the book and definitely think it’s an important read, I did have a few rather big problems with it. But I definitely will pick up another Nic Stone book in the future, and I can’t wait to see what she’ll write next.

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Blog All Day, Meme All Night – Book Tag

Hi everyone! I was randomly scrolling through my drafts today searching for blog posts I hadn’t finished yet when I found this post. I had already finished writing it but I never got around to posting it for some reason. But better late than never, right?

Anyway, I was tagged in the Blog All Day, Meme All Night tag by Em from runawaywithdreamthieves  (thank you so much!) and I had so much fun writing this because I love both memes and books. Who doesn’t? SO, let’s dive into the questions!

Yeet – which book would you yeet out of existence? 

Love, Life, and the ListLove, Life and the List by Kasie West

Love, Life and the List isn’t a book that’s incredibly horrible persé. Honestly, it is quite a fun contemporary, but one of the elements of this book hurt me so much that I literally had a panic attack because of this book: the agoraphobic mother. The mother is struggling so so much and the daughter can’t stop focusing on how it sucks that her mother didn’t come to her gallery opening or something. Your mother was having a horrible panic attack, you come home and find her exhausted and crying, and all you can think about is yourself? Really?

I’m not even joking when I said that this book made me scared of having kids someday because I’m agoraphobic and what if my kids will hate me because of that. And yes, representation is incredibly important, but is it really good representation when the people you’re representing feel horrible about themselves after reading your book?

Crying Kim K – which book gives you a lot of feelings? Lees verder

Bookish Things I Have to Stop Doing

Hi everyone! I’ve been thinking a lot about ways I can better myself in various aspects of my life recently, and one of the areas that I was specifically thinking about was my bookish life. I’ve been doing so many bookish things that I don’t actually want to out of what I thought was pressure from the community, but then I realized that (in the wise words of Michael from The Good Place) “the problem… is me”.DOthxCJU8AEcc8DDOmvN9BWAAAHzHd

I’m the one who forces myself, or puts pressure on myself, to do these things, and I’m the one who puts off doing these things until they become a problem and they stress me out, so I thought it might be a fun idea to do a whole blog post on bookish things I have to stop doing. So that y’all can see what a mess I am, and so that I can hold myself accountable and actually work on changing these things. SO, a few of the bookish things I have to stop doing are: Lees verder

Wrap-Up: October 2018

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Hey everyone, I hope October was a great month for all of you! It was a bit of a weird month for me, to be honest. Not bad weird, just… different.

I read a *lot* in the first 2 and a half weeks of the month. Like, a lot. I started a little TBR jar project (which I might make a blog post about, someday) which really motivated me to read, and I ended up reading 3 very hard hitting novels in 3 days which burned me out a bit. I sadly haven’t been able to finish a book since that. I really wanted to find something to entertain me in the meantime and to my surprise I got into BTS.

Yes, that’s right, BTS. I’ve spend the last week watching lots of fan made videos on them and listening to their music, and I have to say that I might have fallen a little in love with all of them. But hey, even though I could talk about them for quite a while, I don’t want to accidentally turn this into a BTS fan blog, so let’s get into the books I managed to read this month!

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This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender – I’m still not sure about this book. It’s incredibly important and I’d definitely recommend it to people, but I didn’t love it.
You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman – Laura Silverman has definitely proven herself to be one of my all time favorite authors ever with this novel.
Check, Please! Year 3 by Ngozi Ukazu – Catching up on this webcomic was so much fun! I love these characters a lot.
Mirage by Somaiya Daud – Picked this book up because of Fadwa and she was right, this book is incredible.

Odd One Out by Nic Stone – Eh, I also have complicated feelings on this one. The writing was great, I loved the characters and the questioning rep and it all felt very real, but there were definitely a few aspects I didn’t enjoy as much.
Raven the Pirate Princess Year 2 #9 – This is one of my favorite comic series and I’m very ashamed to say I’m a few issues behind, but I’m trying to catch up!
Waste of Space by Gina Damico – The plot of this book intruiged me a lot, but I didn’t like the writing at all, and couldn’t push myself through more than 40 pages of it.
Geekerella by Ashley Poston – This was a delight! Absolutely adorable, and such a fun read.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera – I liked it, but I didn’t like it as much as I expected to.
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi – I went into this without any expectations because I didn’t love Shatter Me, but I ended up absolutely loving it!
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake – I was basically constantly crying while reading this book. I adored it, and I adore Ashley Herring Blake.
Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles – I was basically constantly crying while reading this one, too. This book is harrowing and heartbreaking but beautiful, and I will definitely pick up other Jay Coles books in the future.

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I’m currently listening to both the audiobooks of Wildcard by Marie Lu and Pride by Ibi Zoboi! I’m really liking them, but I’m making my way through them very slowly because I still feel very slump-ish. I really hope I’ll be able to beat the slump soon, and read lots in the month of November!

Also, because I listened to a lot of music this month, I thought it might be fun to include my October 2018 playlist in this wrap-up. Hope you enjoy!

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Cover Reveal: NO MORE HEROES 2 by Michelle Kan

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Hi everyone! Today I’ll be sharing the cover of No More Heroes book 2: Hell or High Water with you all, and I couldn’t be more excited! No More Heroes is one of those books that’s incredibly high up on my TBR because everything about it sounds amazing (I honestly only had to read the words “aro-ace superheroes” and I was already sold), but I’m so bad at reading ebooks. I keep forgetting about them. Maybe I should do an ebook readathon someday…

That’s a little besides the point so anyway, here’s the incredibly aesthetically pleasing cover for No More Heroes: Hell or High Water! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, and please add it to your TBR!book-2-cover.png

SYNOPSIS (includes spoilers for book 1):

The peaceful nights are kept under the clandestine and watchful eye of young, gifted Vigilantes the world over – and since the Vigilante Killers were taken down six months ago, order has returned to the community once more. Vigilantes everywhere have resumed their usual rhythm, defending their domains within the safety of the shadows, and all is right with the world.

So when an old enemy resurfaces and asks them for their help, the Vigilantes of the City are reluctant, to say the least. But some offers are hard to turn down, and soon Team City find themselves diving headlong into a mystery that will test their limits, their capabilities as Vigilantes, and their relationships with each other. Lees verder