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.

41453705.jpgHazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

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

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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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All of the Queer Books I Want to Read for Pride (But Will Realistically Probably Not Get To)

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Hi everyone! I’m currently in between finals so I have a little bit of time to read again and I’m enjoying it so, so much! It feels so incredibly good to finally have time to properly sit down and read whatever I want for however long I want to again, and I truly can’t wait to do more of that during the summer.

I’ve also been making quite a few reading plans for pride month and my TBR is absolutely massive, but because I still have two finals and a birthday (I’m turning 22! AAAAH) in June I’m not sure how much reading I’ll realistically be able to get done. But I like having a big TBR, I like having options, so let’s just go with it.

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Firestarter by Tara Sim – I absolutely love this series and I’m both excited and scared to finally finish it off by reading this one, but I’ve been putting it off for way too long so… it needs to happen.
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan – This book sounds and looks adorable and I’m ready for some queer adorableness.
The Last 8 by Laura Pohl – I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I first heard of it because it sounds incredibly intruiging, so I’m very happy it’s finally available on Scribd.
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno – This is a very last minute add-on to this TBR because I had no idea it was queer until a few minutes ago, but I’ve been wanting to read this one very badly so I’m super happy I might get to in June! Lees verder

Where I’ve Been + Upcoming Releases I’m Excited About

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Hey everyone, I hope you’ve all been doing incredibly well! As you might have noticed (or not, I understand) I’ve been away for quite a while. I slowly want to get back to blogging, so I thought the perfect comeback post would be a bit of a combination of an explanation of why I’ve been gone, and the thing that’s actually making me want to blog again: very exciting upcoming releases!

So, as for why I’ve been away: I’ve been slumpling. I actually still am. And not just a reading and blogging slump, but more of an everything-slump. My final exams are coming up (they’re two weeks away now, AAAH) and I’m incredibly stressed and anxious about them because if I pass them it means that I’m graduating and the future is super scary and what if I don’t actually graduate and I fail horribly and… everything just got a little too much, and my mental health started going downhill fast.

So, over the past few months I’ve only touched a handful of books, I fell behind on my Goodreads reading challenge (which is something that hasn’t happened in quite some time), and didn’t write a single blogpost besides a blog tour one which I’d already committed to. And it sucks. Blogging and reading has been apart of my life for quite a few years now and for that to fall away… it really isn’t fun. But I also didn’t want to force myself to read/blog when I didn’t actually want to, because I know that’d only make it worse.

But on the other hand, I’m quite done with this slump so am I forcing myself to write this post? Mayhaps. But I’ve also really wanted to start writing again, and the thing that’s been making me want to write is the incredibly exciting upcoming new releases for April/May, because there’s quite a few really good one’s. And hopefully writing about them will actually make me want to start reading again, and not just want to want to start reading again. If that makes any sense. I hope so.

So, here’s a list of the upcoming releases I’m most excited about! 

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Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali – I was a huge fan of S.K. Ali’s debut, Saints and Misfits, and I’ve been hearing the absolute best things about Love From A to Z, which gives me very high hopes that this book will be just as good, if not better. Also, can we appreciate that cover for a second? I love it so, so much.
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan – I wasn’t incredibly excited about this book (don’t get me wrong, it sounds really adorable but it just wasn’t on top of my tbr list) but then I heard that it’s queer so…. now I need to read it. Obviously. Lees verder

Wrap Up: January 2019 (+ Mental Health Book Bingo Wrap Up)

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Hi everyone! January was the month of the Mental Health Book Bingo for me: a readathon in which you read as many mental health books as you can, guided by prompts on a bingo sheet. I posted my TBR back in December and, when you look at it you can see that I didn’t manage to read most of the books on there, which was to be expected because my TBR was super excessive. And the fact that I fell into a bit of a slump at the end of the month definitely didn’t help either.

Luckily I did manage to read quite a few mental health related books, especially because some of the books I randomly picked up unexpectedly ended up having mental health rep in them as well. The only book I read that didn’t have mental health rep was Love á la Mode.

I had a lot of fun participating in the Mental Health Book Bingo and I hope that we’ll get to do it again next year!

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Most Anticipated 2019 Releases: January – March

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Hi everyone! One of the reasons why a new year is always exciting to me is because a new year means lots and lots of new books, and looking at my Goodreads 2019-releases shelf, it looks like 2019 is going to be an especially great year book-wise. I can’t wait!

Like probably most book bloggers you follow I also wanted to make a “most anticipated 2019 releases”-list, but I didn’t want to share all of the books I’m anticipating for the year in one go. Why? Well, because 1) I’m not sure if I’m completely up-to-date on everything coming out in the second half of the year, 2) the list would be WAY too long. I felt like splitting it up into 4 parts, all covering 3 months, would be a better plan for me. That way it feels a little more organized, and I’m more sure about the fact that I’m not missing a lot of books. So, today I’m going to share the books I’m most anticipating for January, February and March! 

januaryOur Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon – This book was already very high on my most-anticipated list since it explores friendship in a very unique way, but then I started reading the reviews my friends posted of it and now I want to grab a big cup of tea, a blanket, my e-reader and start it right away.
Firestarter by Tara Sim – I’m terrified of this book. It’s the third book in the Timekeeper trilogy and after how the second book ended… I’m not ready. At all.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I haven’t been that into fantasy lately so this book wasn’t on my list originally, but everyone on Twitter is talking about how amazing it is, and one of my friends told me it includes one of my favorite tropes (found family) so… of course I want to read it.
The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan – We need a lot more religious queer rep, so seeing a book centering a queer Muslim girl makes me incredibly happy! I have a feeling I’m going to cry a lot while reading this one, though… Lees verder

My Favorite 2018 Middle Grade Releases

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Hi everyone! Now that 2018 has come to a close I’ve been seeing a lot of people share their ‘best of’ lists and I’ve been having a lot of fun reading them! I wanted to do one too, of course, but with having read 152 books this year and me being super indecisive I just knew there was no way I could make a single list (or that list would be about 30 books long). That’s why I decided to split it up into three major categories (middle grade, YA contemporaries and YA SFF), and today I’m going to share my favorite 2018 middle grade releases with you!

Middle grade was definitely one of my most read genres last year, and I had the best time with it. I seriously adored almost every single middle grade book I read, so I definitely plan on reading a lot of middle grade books this year. Here’s my twelve favorites!

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed – Amal Unbound was one of the first middle grade’s I read this year, and one of the best. It is a very touching read, filled with hope, courage and amazing characters, and one that I want to reread ASAP because I flew through it the first time I read it, and I’m sure I missed a few things. You can read my full review here.
The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser – This book is the sequel to one of my favorite middle grade books ever, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, so this book had a lot to live up to. And luckily, it did. I’m not much of a rereader, but this book came out in September and I’ve already read it twice, so I think that says a lot. My full review can be found here.
Front Desk by Kelly Yang – Front Desk is one of the only books this year that made me give up on precious sleep, and stay up way past my bed time. I just couldn’t get enough of this book, and I had to know what happened next. I adored everything about it: the writing, the plot, the characters, etc. This book is also one of my favorite debuts of the year, and I truly cannot wait to see what Kelly Yang will write next!
Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson – Harbor Me is one of those books that you read in one sitting, and one that keeps popping up in your thoughts, even if it’s been quite a while since you’ve read it, and a book that I’ll return to many times. This was also my very first Jacqueline Woodson book, and I’m so glad this book introduced me to her because I’ve read and loved two more of her books and I can safely say she’s one of my favorite authors. Lees verder