I Don’t Like Posting Negative Reviews and I Need to Get Over It

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Hi everyone! So, I guess today I’m finally ready to admit a thing that’s been plaguing me since I started this book blog. What I want to talk about is already in the title of this post so let’s just cut to the chase, shall we? I do not like posting negative reviews. At all. And today I kind of want to talk about the why and the how of it all, and why I want to change it.

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This post was inspired by my review of The Battle by Karuna Riazi, which I will hopefully be posting soon. The Battle was a book that I was highly looking forward to but that ended up disappointing me a whole lot, and as I sat here, staring at my screen willing myself to write the review, I found that I just couldn’t do it. And then I started wondering about why I couldn’t bring myself to write the review. Was it the fact that I just didn’t really like writing negative reviews? No, not really. Because I like letting all of my frustrations out over a book and ranting my heart out. It feels almost therapeutic and I kind of love it. Is it the fact that I’m scared it’ll turn loads of people off of the book? No, because I know I’ve read books because of people’s negative reviews before, because stuff they didn’t like were things I absolutely love in books. But then what is it?

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Wrap-Up: July 2019 | a not-so-great month with a lot of books

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Hi everyone! I feel so incredibly weird writing a July wrap-up because somehow I was convinced it was August already? July really felt like the longest month ever to me, which makes sense since it really wasn’t my best month. But really. I can’t even remember the beginning of the month anymore, it feels so long ago?

Anyway, like I said, July wasn’t my best month. At the beginning of the month I pushed myself too far, resulting in a panic attack and me going into a pretty dark space for a week. Then I did well for about a week and even managed to participate in the first few days of the #ReadingRush, and then the heatwave started. I’m very bad with heat, so a week of temperatures around 40 degrees felt awful. I spend a week barely sleeping and having a lot of anxiety because heat is, for some reason, a trigger for me.

So yes, July was definitely not my month, but luckily I did manage to read quite a few books! Let’s just hope August is a little kinder on me.

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I had incredibly high expectations for this one since everyone on my timeline was raving about it once it came out and I did really like it, but not as much as I expected.
Kat Wolfe Investigates by Lauren St. John – This was cute but kind of forgettable. I mean, I read it this month and I barely remember a thing from it. All I can say for sure is that I did have a fun time with it.
People Like Us by Dana Mele – I listened to this in one go while playing The Sims so everything about this book is very hazy to me, to be honest.
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian – I was expecting this book to be a cute, quick 3-star read and that’s exactly what it was. I enjoyed it, but I honestly didn’t really like the main character that much. Lees verder

23 Middle Grade Releases That Should Be On Your TBR For the 2nd Half of 2019

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Hi everyone! As you might know I absolutely adore middle grade books, and because there’s quite a lot of amazing middle grade books releasing during the second half of 2019 I thought I’d make a list! I am incredibly excited about every single one of these books and have been lucky enough to have been able to already read a few of them and let me tell you, they’re good. Like, really good.

Now I’m not saying that you should add all of the 23 titles in this list to your TBR but… you should. I know this intro is basically just me gushing about all of these books and I’m sorry but I truly can’t help it, and I’m sure you’ll understand once you see all of these titles. So let me just stop rambling and actually let you get to the books.

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My Fate According to a Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva | July 30th – about a girl trying to reunite her family after a black butterfly makes her believe she’s doomed, and the war on drugs in The Phillipines.

For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington | July 30th – about a Black girl adopted into a white family struggling with her identity.

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Review: Going Off Script by Jen Wilde

Going Off ScriptTitle: Going Off Script
Author: Jen Wilde
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary
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A TV writer’s room intern must join forces with her crush to keep her boss from ruining a lesbian character in this diverse contemporary YA romance from the author of Queens of Geek.

Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn’t quite what she expected… instead of sitting in a crowded writer’s room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee.

Determined to prove her worth as a writer, Bex drafts her own script and shares it with the head writer―who promptly reworks it and passes it off as his own! Bex is understandably furious, yet…maybe this is just how the industry works? But when they rewrite her proudly lesbian character as straight, that’s the last straw! It’s time for Bex and her crush to fight back.

Jen Wilde’s newest novel is both a fun, diverse love story and a very relevant, modern take on the portrayal of LGBT characters in media.

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I got an ARC of Going Off Script from Macmillan Publishing. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way.

When I read Jen Wilde’s Queens of Geek two years ago it quickly became a favorite, so when her The Brightsiders came out I thought I was going to enjoy it very much but there was no way it was going to get better than Queens of Geek but… it was. Because of this, Jen Wilde solidified herself as an auto-buy author for me. So naturally, I hoped that Going Off Script would be even better for me than The Brightsiders was, since Jen Wilde had managed to exceed my expectations before but, sadly, this time it wasn’t the case and I ended up liking Going Off Script even less then Queens of Geek.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still very much liked Going Off Script. I actually read it while I was in a reading slump and on a day where it was 30+ degrees (Celcius, I’m not American) and I just sat outside and read all day, and managed to finish it. And that while I hadn’t read anything but audiobooks for a few months. There’s just something incredibly addicting about Jen Wilde’s writing that just makes you want to keep reading forever. And while I usually feel like my brain is filled and can’t take it anymore after I read an entire book in a day, I never have that problem with Jen Wilde’s books. Lees verder

Review: A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell

A Study in Honor (The Janet Watson Chronicles, #1)Title: A Study in Honor
Series: The Janet Watson Chronicles #1
Author: Claire O’Dell
Genres: Mystery
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Dr. Janet Watson knows firsthand the horrifying cost of a divided nation. While treating broken soldiers on the battlefields of the New Civil War, a sniper’s bullet shattered her arm and ended her career. Honorably discharged and struggling with the semi-functional mechanical arm that replaced the limb she lost, she returns to the nation’s capital, a bleak, edgy city in the throes of a fraught presidential election. Homeless and jobless, Watson is uncertain of the future when she meets another black and queer woman, Sara Holmes, a mysterious yet playfully challenging covert agent who offers the doctor a place to stay.

Watson’s readjustment to civilian life is complicated by the infuriating antics of her strange new roommate. But the tensions between them dissolve when Watson discovers that soldiers from the New Civil War have begun dying one by one—and that the deaths may be the tip of something far more dangerous, involving the pharmaceutical industry and even the looming election. Joining forces, Watson and Holmes embark on a thrilling investigation to solve the mystery—and secure justice for these fallen soldiers.

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Now, before we get into this review there’s something you should know about me: I am absolute trash for Sherlock Holmes retellings, in whatever shape or form. I really enjoyed the TV show Sherlock, I absolutely adored Elementary, A Study in Charlotte was so much fun, etc. If a book is described as a Sherlock Holmes retelling, I will want to read it.

Something you probably are aware of if you’ve looked at my blog for 5 seconds is that I’m also absolute trash for f/f books. Again, if you tell me a book is f/f and the synopsis even vaguely sounds like something I might enjoy, I will pick it up.

Now, add these two things together and you’ll understand why I was so incredibly excited about A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell, which was described to me as an f/f Sherlock Holmes retelling. But was this everything I hoped it would be? Meh, not really. Lees verder

All Of the Books On My Currently Reading Shelf

graphicHi everyone! I know I made a post announcing I was back a couple weeks back and that I haven’t actually posted a lot since then and I want to say I’m sorry. I really thought I was ready to come back but apparently I wasn’t. I guess life sometimes goes a little differently than you plan. That’s also why I want to refrain from making any “YAY I’M BACK” statements right now, even though I have finished my finals and I’m so, so ready to be back. I’m incredibly excited to catch up on reviews and I have quite a few post ideas already. I just hope this mood stays for a little while.

For this post however, I thought it might be a fun idea to take a look at all of the books on my currently reading shelf on Goodreads. Because I was slumping so hard I ended up picking quite a few books, reading a few chapters, and then putting them down again in favor of another book. I hope that discussing these books with you all might finally give me the motivation to actually, properly read these books.

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Let’s start with a book I’m actually properly reading, which is Hazel’s Guide to Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow. I read Bigelow’s Drum Roll, Please last year and I loved it very much, so when I heard that she was coming out with a new book ánd that this book was going to feature an ace mc I immediately added it to my TBR.

I ended up requesting it on Edelweiss and actually being approved for it (AHHH) so I started it a couple of days ago. I’m currently around 20% in and I’m enjoying it a lot! Lees verder

Wrap-Up: June 2019 | The First One Since January

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Hi everyone! As you might’ve noticed I haven’t really been blogging a lot lately. I just checked and I haven’t actually posted a wrap-up since January… yikes. It makes sense because I fell into a reading slump back in February and since then I haven’t really been on top of my reading game, which meant I didn’t feel like blogging, which kind of resulted in my disappearance. But luckily I’ve been reading again lately and I’ve also been excited about writing blog posts again so… I’m back? Hopefully?

ALSO, today I come bearing good news: I GRADUATED. I actually did it!!! I had my last finals in May and June and they were hard and I was incredibly stressed, but I managed to do it and I received some pretty good grades for it as well. It took me a little longer than it usually takes people (I’ve been doing this for 10 years AH) but I’m so incredibly happy that I’ve finally done it (SCREW YOU ANXIETY). Plus, June was also my birthday month so I’m a 22 year old now. And I still don’t feel like an adult at all.

Sadly, graduating for me doesn’t just mean not having to study anymore (yay) and finally getting back into a reading mood (also, yay), but it also means a lot of anxiety about my future and making tons of appointments with city hall people and just… it’s a Lot. But I’ll figure it out, and I’m trying to focus on being happy about all the positive aspects of it!

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