Spring Reading Update 2017

Hello, readers! Glad to see you again by which I mean you reading my blog through a screen. . .but same thing, right? I can’t quite recall the last time I just sat down and talked to you all, freestyle. No review, no planning. Okay, that’s a lie, I jot stuff down for every post of mine. THAT IS BESIDE THE POINT.

Why am I here again? Oh, right, spring reading update. It’s spring? Considering my entire weekend was like 40 degrees (Fahrenheit) it sure doesn’t feel like it. However, since I am a part of the Northern Hemisphere, apparently it’s springtime. Maybe someplace not called Ohio.

Like I’ve said before, “reading” update is just a general term for the broad spectrum of topics I’d like to cover in this post. I’ll be venting about books, blogging, school, bullet journaling, and even my sexuality (indeed.) Where do I begin?

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Windfall Review

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Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Release Date: May 2, 2017

Pages: 432

Goodreads Review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis: Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

Hi readers! Guess who’s on spring break? This girl! And you know what the best part about spring vacation is?? I FINALLY HAVE TIME TO READ. And you know what I just so happened to pick up during my time off? Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith!

I received my ARC copy of Windfall for review in exchange for an honest review by the lovely people from Delacorte Press at Penguin Random House Publishing ❤ I noticed this novel on bookstagram one day and decided that I loved Jennifer E. Smith and I needed this book in my life as of right now.

What really caught my attention was the concept of the novel. Winning the lottery, you say? It’s one of those things that I haven’t really seen any of my favorite YA authors try to tackle such a rare but monumental occasion. Therefore, I was already hooked by the synopsis.

After the enormous monster that was my Caraval review I still adore all 5,000 words of it  I decided to write a much more concise review for Windfall, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot to say. . .

I’ll begin with a mini spoiler-free review! At first, Windfall was slow and somewhat hard to get into. Eventually the story evened out and I couldn’t put it down, but for a while I set it aside after 30 pages which itself felt like a mental workout.

Otherwise I really liked the pace of Windfall, from the first chapters on the story flows well and I was able to read it in a single sitting (oops.) What? I couldn’t help it!

The side characters such as Aunt Sofia, Uncle Jake, and Leo were evidently featured within the novel but I would have preferred just a bit more story to really make them stand out. Beside Teddy and Alice, the rest of the cast just sort of fell behind their spotlight, even if those two are the main characters. (But that doesn’t give them a pass, in fact quite a few things about Teddy bugged me but I’ll save my rambles for the spoiler section.)

The setting in Chicago was really cool, since I visited the city once and have a serious hankering to return sometime in the future. I totally would’ve liked to see a little more of the city within this book, although in hindsight that probably would’ve just made me a little homesick for Chicago. . .chucago

Overall, Windfall was a sweet novel about friendship and first love with a couple (million) dollars in between. Relationships were questioned, credit cards were maxed, and ships sank literally and metaphorically? So if you want a little break from real life then slip into Alice’s world for only the small cost of a brand new hardcover this May 2nd 🙂


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Winter Reading Update 2017

Hii readers! Happy winter! Or summer, depending on your location. While you’re getting cozy with a cup of hot tea + a good read, I’m outside—taking book photos, freezing cold, my fingers and toes numb, everything is just numb. My struggles aside, my fingers are now normal temperature and want to share with you the typical seasonal update on my reading + a little update on my regular life, since you guys seem to like that stuff. . .

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Bookish Boxes #3 — Fairyloot Unboxing

Hii readers! The time has come once again for my third (and final) Fairyloot unboxing! The theme for January was Mystery & Mischief, for readers and fans of Alice in Wonderland, The Night Circus, and Sherlock, including lots of goodies and a stunning U.K. edition of a book that has already managed to sneak into my heart.

Come one, come all to my Fairyloot January unboxing, I hope you have a grand time seeing the gorgeous items and my honest thoughts on the magic contained within each and every box. As you perhaps may have known, I was an official for Fairyloot for January as well as November + December. You can click on my unboxings about those to check them out.

Now, onto what you’ve all arrived to see: the box.

Items featured in the January Fairyloot box:

  • Funko Mystery Mini — Harry Potter or Game of Thrones (I got Ron Weasley!)
  • Exclusive Night Circus quote pillow — Risa Rodil
  • Come Back Yesterday candle — Meraki Candles
  • How to Think like Sherlock book — Daniel Smith
  • Exclusive rose necklace — Oh Panda Eyes
  • Exclusive Alice in Wonderland bookmark — Read At Midnight
  • Caraval (U.K. edition) — Stephanie Garber
  • Alchemists of Loom bookmark
  • Passenger / Wayfarer mini journal
  • Jackaby free chapter download card

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Book Review ➵ Caraval

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Author: Stephanie Garber

Release Date: January 31, 2017

Pages: 416

Goodreads Review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis: Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval—Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Hii readers! Come one, come all! I’m here for a fabulous ARC review for Miss Stephanie Garber’s Caraval! I received Caraval from Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review. This book is loaded with magic, mystery, + suspense, and I’m so glad you could join me.

I’ve managed to read Caraval twice to prepare for this long awaiting review, I spent nearly a month writing this review, and it’s finally, finally here! This book is highly anticipated all across the bookish community and I’m so glad I received an early copy ❤

Caraval is a mystical story about the strong sisterly bond between Scarlett and Tella as Scarlett whisks away her fears on the island of dreams (no, really, that’s the island name) to rescue her sister from the dangers of a treacherous game that could carry you away to insanity if you’re not careful. . .

Sounds fascinating, right?? It’s a good thing I’m horrible at predicting books, because in the case of Caraval that wasn’t possible with the amount of twists and turns that I encountered during both of my three-hour Caraval binges yes, it’s THAT good.

Caraval is for fans of Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock, & The Night Circus. If anything sounds appealing to you, then you might be qualified to devote your life to reading Caraval! And if you don’t like those things, you should still totally read Caraval anyway.

Okay, unfortunately that’s all I can say in terms of spoiler free review because I have tons of emotional baggage to unload upon my fellow Caraval readers! BE PREPARED.

Remember, it’s just a game.

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2017 Bookish Challenge + Resolutions

Hiii readers! I have a rather brief intro here. It’s not far off until the 24 hour countdown to 2017, so I’d like to do a little reflection on my reading in 2016 + insight into my reading habits for the next year. I have lots of plans in terms of my 2017 reading, and I can’t wait to share it with you guys, and maybe even inspire you!

First off, this is my fourth post in the past week, am I not kicking blogging’s ass this winter break? This is exactly what I needed.

So, 2016, it’s been quite a year. *Insert frustrated muffling in the background* But in terms of reading, I did. . .Yeah, it wasn’t that great.

I’ve seen only posts across Twitter and Instagram about my reader + blogger friends completing their Goodreads goal. And me, while I’m super happy for them, look at myself: I dropped my goal by 25 books in the late summer and read only 3/4 of my newest goal, so I gotta admit I was a bit disappointed.

That being said, I really did try. With the study load of US AP History, I was kinda forced to abandon hopes of reading an extensive amount of books. However, one of my goals for 2017 is to manage my time better so I can squeeze reading in more. But. . .With my History exam in the spring, I’ll be studying most nights the next few months. *sigh*

Okay! Depressing reading update aside, I want to share what you’re here for: my bookish goals + resolutions for 2017! I have lots of hopes for 2017, since I’ll work on reading time management, lower my Goodreads goal, + read much more diverse books. But here’s the complete list (There’s two.)

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Bookish Boxes #2 — Fairyloot Unboxing

Hii readers! The time has come once again to reveal the beautiful goodies buried within my second Fairyloot box!

In case you didn’t see my very first Fairyloot unboxing for the November ‘Royals & Rogues’ box, you can click here if you’re interested in seeing my thoughts on it before diving into this month.

If you hadn’t heard of Fairyloot, it is a subscription bookish box company dedicated to revealing new releases in the YA community along with a matching theme + several goodies. Even better, Fairyloot isn’t the only subscription box to collaborate with other bookish companies to deliver only the best to their fans!

The theme for December was “Sci-Fi Adventure” and I was pumped since science-fiction is practically my favorite book genre! I’ve been anticipating all month for this box! If you couldn’t guess, the December box is perfect for fans of Red Rising & the Lunar Chronicles. Even though I haven’t red Red Rising, I saw Lunar Chronicles and was instantly excited to tear open this box ASAP!

Items Included in the December Sci-Fi Adventure Box:

  • Star Wars Funko: Princess Leia by Funko
  • Kryptonite bath powder by Geeky Clean
  • Galaxy Socks – made exclusively for Fairyloot
  • The Starbound Trilogy bookmark by Lexy Olivia
  • Lunar Chronicles boys print + Red Rising buttons by Taratjah
  • Way Down Dark sampler by James P. Smythe
  • Red Rising + The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet art prints
  • Flashfall copy, signed plate, + letter by Jenny Moyer
  • An adorable Christmas card from the two founders ❤
  • And lots of confetti

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s dive right in!

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Book Review ➵ The Sun is Also a Star


Title: The Sun is Also a Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: November 1, 2016

Pages: 344

Goodreads Review

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Hiii readers! Okay, I won’t even bother to waste time with any sort of intro so, HELLO, HUMAN. Now since that’s out of the way, trust me when I tell you that I have lots to say so let me get right into this review before I procrastinate any longer which is inhumanly possible, since this review was due before November 1st and today is December 26 as I type this. . .Okay, I’ll review it now.

Grab your popcorn, sit back, and snicker at my hysterical tears between the funny gifs and me finishing this book in 4 hours with just a break to use the bathroom and get a drink.

First off I want to thank the INCREDIBLE PEOPLE FROM Penguin Random House for the Advanced’s Reader Copy in August. Yes, August. If it wasn’t for you guys, I wouldn’t have the courage to ask for ARCs. This book was everything I could have ever wanted from a YA novel.

The Sun is Also a Star (I will refer to it as TSIAAS from now on) was a rollercoaster of emotions for me. You could say any regular book is a rollercoaster of emotions, but when you read one book in a single sitting, I must say it really builds up + releases the feels as you experience them all in just a couple of short hours. And we’ve gathered here to explain how exactly, the events in this book gave way to me crying at midnight about the universe and fate and Daniel and Natasha and omg I need to write this review immediately. *COUGH*

It was quite a task organizing this review in a kindly manner, so I didn’t do it. Instead, you’ll be receiving glimpses of my thoughts in the best way possible: in subheadings.


DISCLAIMER: It is late, I’m exhausted, and I might be spouting nonsense, but trust me, I do really feel this way about The Sun is Also a Star. Happy reading.

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Happy Bookish Haulidays

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays to my glorious readers! I’m currently listening to In the Heights FETUS LIN-MANUEL, AM I RIGHT? and I’m so filled with festive cheer that I need to publish something bookish and holiday-y right now or I’ll probably faint.

Despite the beautiful light displays, endless red and green Bullet Journal pages, + photos on my Insta feed, I still needed to release my holiday aggression someplace else. My blog seemed like the ideal place. Okay, I’ve known for a while that I wanted to do a Christmas-themed bookish blog post, but I wasn’t sure what the content would be, exactly. So after some patient, thoughtful pondering as in, today, Christmas Eve  I decided to make some lists: Top 10 Books I Would Give as Gifts (AKA a Book Blogger’s Personal Gift Guide to Readers and Non-Readers Alike) and my favorite holiday reads to get you into the spirit of the season.

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