The dilemmas behind book recommendations that no one ever talks about // #sendhelp

Confession: I kind of hate recommending books.
(lol not actually, but for the sake of this post okay.)

Not in the way you would think!! It’s a very loving sort of hate, you know. More of the I-am-super-conflicted-and-insecure-and-why-can’t-it-just-be-simple variety, than actual HATE. But for the sake of shorter intro sentences, there you go.

Because recommending books is actually pretty awesome??? (Psh, no, I’m not contradicting myself.) I mean:

  • You basically get to squeal and fangirl about your favourite books like a maniac and it’s considered somewhat useful to other people?? #doublewin
  • You also get to shove books and chocolate at other humans so that they will read your favourite book and hopefully proceed to also fangirl like a maniac.
  • Tis important to shareeee the love!! I love, love love talking about my favourite books or see other people talk about my favourite books and I just want to SHARE THE LOVE OKAY. Because there are books people are just missing out on and it is TRAGIC.
  • (Like Six of Crows)
  • (And Adam Silvera)
  • (And basically all of V.E. Schwab’s books)
  • (And the Lunar Chronicles)
  • (And also When Dimple Met Rishi because it’s not ALL ABOUT DEATH AND HEARTBREAK geez you heartless people.)
  • :)))
  • Remember said squealing and fangirling? That’s my life in a nutshell, okay, I will take any excuse to do so over my favourite books and in this case it is through book recommendations!!
  • Therefore recommending books is awesome.
  • And recieving them are awesome because YAY MORE BOOKS.
  • Hahaha I’m not crying because my TBR will crush me nope no biggie ahahaa

Now that I got all of that out of the way, let us proceed to the rest of this post in which I talk about how recommending books is NOT very awesome. Because I have a lot of logic. And pent-up frustration*.

*How my scheduled post did NOT actually post at 2:15 on Sunday and just sat in my scheduled posts folder, which is why I need to post it on Monday, which means my schedule is messed up. UGUUGHHGHG WORDPRESS WHY.


Not knowing WHAT KIND of books to recommend or only choosing ONE book.

Innocent human: “What book do you recommend?”
Me: *sweats nervously* Does this person like fantasy??? Or contemporary? And is it like a stabby-stabby fantasy or more of a romance fantasy?? And do you want a fluffy contemporary or a heartbreaking one or one with both??? 
Me: “ALL OF THEM” *throws list of favourite 20+ read books from GR*
Innocent human: …….. *dies from indecision* *hates me*
Me: Wait did this person want just ONE book??
Me:

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I WILL NEVER CHOOSE, HUMAN.

(Moral of the story: Either a) be very very detailed about the kind of book you want or b) be prepared for many options or me running away) :)))

When you recommend a favourite book but they already read it AND hated it.

A LITTLE PART OF ME DIES, OKAY.

See, if you don’t love the ones super near and dear to my heart, those ones, I take the blow HARD. It’s like saying you don’t like food! (Are you even human????? I THINK NOT.) Stab to the heart, okay.

Heheheh I mean I of course accept every opinion graciously and without any pain whatsoever!!

I can generally understand WHY someone doesn’t like a favourite book, and I don’t hold any grudge or anything, but I still die.

And the reason why this is a dilemma is because now, your recommendations bar is completely wonky! This book that you love to the core, this universal book that you base your other recs off of, is actually HATED by the other person and now what do you recommend?? What if it means that they will hate your other favourite books too*?

*Yes, I acknowledge this is a ridiculous thought but AHEM paranoid little people-pleaser bookworm here!!

Recommending a book and not knowing how much you should hype it up.

Of course, for some books, I am just totally over the MOON for and I will hype that book up like nobody’s business because I love it THAT MUCH and want every single human and their pet to read this book.

But at the same time, there are books which *I* love but I’m not sure the other person will which means what if I hype it up TOO much and they hate it/are disappointed???

So sometimes I end up hyping them up LESS compared to how much I truly loved it? I swear I’m still being honest and genuine in my recommendations, I just don’t want them to be set up to love it and they actually hate it. SIGH.

GOOD INTENTIONS HERE, promise!!

What if the person hates your recommendation?

Kind of similar to dilemma #3, but this one is the one that scares me SO MUCH that it needs its own space here. Because as a book blogger, and passionate reader, I love promoting and recommending my favourite books and want people to love it as much as I do!! So when they don’t…

I JUST FEEL SO GUILTY.

Because that lovely person trusted ME (dangerous thing to do) enough to pick up a book I recommended, taking the TIME and effort to read the book and then I basically feel like I betrayed them if they don’t like it??

Even if it’s not my fault if the other person doesn’t like it??

BUT STILL. GAH. What if they never trust me again??? (Smart child)

*whispers* The guilt never leaves…

Being asked or required to summarize/give description of the book.

Now, ICYMI, my memory is as good as a goldfish, which is to say it kind of sucks?? I remember the titles of my favourite books, usually (if I’m lucky) but what it’s about? GIRL I HAVE NO CLUE.

Plus, my descriptions always seem to make a book seem 10 times less appealing? #oops

Person: Oh, have you read Six of Crows? What’s it about?
Me: Well, there’s this band of teens who steal stuff and tries not to die and lots of bantering occurs .. yeah! 10/10 recommend.
Person:
Me: It’s better than I made it sound I promise!!!  *throws book at person* *runs away*

I’d make such a good marketing person. 🙂 Also, can we just admire how much running I am doing? Considering how I’m attached to my bed 85% of the time, this is an accomplishment.

Now, on to the flip side of the person requesting or receiving recommendations! Because things are fair and equal on this blog to make up for the injustice in the world. and recommendees suffer tooooooo. (yay)

Getting TOO MANY recommendations.

Welcome to the book blogging world!! The world of books, books, and MORE BOOKS until you fall into a void full of books with no return! Hey that sounds nice *cue dramatic music*

And whether you’ve been book blogging for a long time, or only for a little, everyone knows that recommendations are EVERYWHERE. In the form of book reviews! Recommendation posts! Top Ten Tuesday posts if you read them! In your chocolate cake! wut

And because there are only a teensy teeny amount of time we* actually are able to spend reading, we don’t get the time to read all of those recommendations!!

Hence we are utter LIARS saying, “Oh yes, I’ll definitely read this book that you loved!!” except we forget about it the second after adding it to Goodreads and never look at it again for another 47 years because we’re too busy drowning from all the other books we said we’d read. :)))

*Okay, fine, me. Now shh and pretend.

Finishing a recommended book a longggg time after receiving the rec and wondering if you should broach the topic with the recommender.

Let me make this easy for anyone with this dilemma: Yes. YES. YESSS!!!

The number one thing you should do after finishing and loving a recommended book after celebrating with pie and petting your goldfish (to make sure you remember the book’s details, obviously) is TELL YOUR RECOMMENDER! (Yes it’s a word, go away you rude squiggly line)

Because any and every book blogger LOVES to hear that someone loved a book they recommended. Trust me. I am a genius at mind-reading. And since you loved the book (obviously you won’t go shouting at the blogger about how much you hated the book because um… Poor frail hearts here.) you also gain someone to pass you tissues or cake if needed!! #win

AND you can solve a threatening Dilemma #4 that may be looming over the head of the recommender because he/she doesn’t know if you loved or hated the book and they’re slowly descending into madness. BE A GOOD RECOMMENDEE and talk, human!

Because how can I end this post without book recommendations??? FEAST YOUR EYEBALLS:

Fantasy/Sci-fi/Dystopia/Mostly-fantasy

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: If you haven’t read this WHAT ARE YOU DOING??!??! Yes, this is the band-of-teens-who-steal-and-banter synopsis I gave earlier, IT’S GREAT okay!!

Monsters of Verity duology by Victoria Schwab: This Savage Song and OUR DARK DUET omg, they’re so amazing like oijwowneigwoigjigjworigj GO NOW okay bye

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo: Diana is hilarious?? So much banter?? Jesper 2.0?? Nim is great?? MUCH LOVE. Also come on. It’s WONDER WOMAN. And Leigh Bardugo. Must I say more?

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust: If you prefer more slow, more simply fantasies with focus on characters and the female leads, this is everything!! OH, and it’s a Snow White retelling btw. SUCH a good retelling!

The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury: Say hi to the Aladdin retelling you never knew you needed!! As much as I loved the original, this one is even better imo, in a completely different but AMAZING way!!

The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh: This book was SO HYPED back when it released in 2015 (2 freaking years ago????!?! #wut) and guys, don’t sleep on this one now!! A beaaaauuutiful retelling of A Thousand and One Nights and I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Shahrzad is fabulous and Khalid is straight up ??!! *dies*

Red Rising series by Pierce Brown: Literally the first book was like a darker and more twisted version of The Hunger Games?? Meeting Greek mythology + Roman stuff?? And it was SO GOOD. The series only keeps getting better and jijfoejfoejfojweo the characters!! Are!! So!! Precious!! 

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: These characters are all SO PRECIOUS to my heart. My god. So much love for this series, if you like retellings this is an absolute MUST. ❤ And if you don’t like retellings… you still must. 😉

The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski: I know some people didn’t like this but honestly I loved it!! Kestrel was so badass (although she couldn’t physically fight whatsoever #represented) and clever?? #yas

Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab: Nothing new to say here apart from the fact that if you DON’T read this series, my chocolate minions will come after you and you will regret it. :))) A FAVOURITE AUTHOR HERE.

Contemporary

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali: Muslim MC with an #ownvoices author, with an accurate representation of Islam, which I loved and something we need so much!! Janna’s story touched my heart and if you’re looking for a diverse, refreshing, #ownvoices read –> THIS BOOK. (Tw for discussion of sexual assault. Not graphic/descriptive, but it is discussed and the MC is facing the after-affects of it.)

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: Another #ownvoices (YESS) diverse contemporary, featuring two Indian-American teens falling in love!! SO CUTE. Loved so much and Rishi was so precious?? ❤ I need a Rishi in my life, tbh. (Also, I loved reading little snippets of Hindi!! I can’t speak the language, but I can understand it and that was so much fun!)

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake: Another diverse (not sure if it’s own voices but it might be??) book featuring a bisexual main character, a biracial love interest and a f/f romance. #YESSSS So, so, good and also so heartbreaking? But also I smiled so much and it was amazing.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han: CUTEST!! Lara Jean is adorable and Peter is ❤ and Kitty is so cute?? And there’s also TON of baking and FOOD so what more do you need, really?

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: BEAUTIFUL. BEAUTIFUL. I adore this book, Jude and Noah are so precious and I loved reading their story. Plus the writing is so gorgeous??

Geekerella by Ashley Poston: Cute and fun and GEEKY Cinderella retelling!! ❤

Adam Silvera books: Heartbreaking but will make you smile at moments (making the sad moments even stronger honestly) and just aijiojefiojwgijwogj one of my FAVOURITE AUTHORS. ❤

Becky Albertalli books: Simon vs is so, so cute and fun and Simon is just the best?? (There’s a movie titled Love, Simon that’s going to be released and I am SO READY.) Her other novel, The Upside of Unrequited, ft. a curvy protagonist and tons of diversity and is so much fun!! ❤

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis: Warning!! NOT as happy and friendly as this odd cover may be telling you! It’s super dark and twisty but also is so important, dealing with rape culture. (Trigger warning for sexual assault, and more, I can’t remember but definitely read into it if you’re worried. It’s NOT light reading, guys!)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: Yes, I’m mentioning this again and again until you feel guilty enough to read it. Just kidding! But you 100% need to read this, it’s just so good and so, so important.

Remember that list of 20 of my favourite books I mentioned in Dilemma #1? I WASN’T KIDDING. 😉

At the end of the day, no matter how much running I do because of book recommendations and all the sweat, anxiety and tears that go into it (I’m not exaggerating at all), I LOVE giving out recommendations and receiving them! So hit ’em at me. 😉

Anyway, if you’ve made it this far tell me one book a book blogger recommended to you that you LOVED! And What are your book recommendation dilemmas? Does anyone else worry about people not liking their recommendation? Or struggle with giving descriptions of what a book is about ??? (IT’S SO HARD not to make it sound horrible, gosh.) Any other dilemmas you’ve come across? LET US TALK.

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Things blogging has given me that I’m grateful for!

On the rare occasions I am NOT a salty, bitter potato, I can be rather cheesy!
Spoiler: this is one of those rare occasions. :)))

Happy belated Thanksgiving to all my Canadian folk out there!! This post was actually supposed to go up last week but I didn’t end up finishing it in time so here I am, a week after Thanksgiving, making a Thanksgiving-themed post. Don’t mind me.

So, I don’t excessively celebrate it, to be honest but I had so much FOOOOOOOOOD last week??? #yas Plus here comes my opportunity to become a cheesy potato! And talk about all the things that I’m so thankful blogging has given me!

Let’s gooooooo!

I’m warning you though: VERY CHEESY.

*Disclaimer: The original featured image is from Freepik, all edits are done by my potato self.

Giving me a medium to scream and squeal about books without it being weird. (a blessing)

Okay, fine, maybe it’s still weird sometimes. BUT STILL. (Let’s ignore the fact I haven’t done book reviews in a while, hmm?)

Because either way, the blogosphere is my FAVOURITE PLACE TO FANGIRL, OKAY. Because otherwise I’m fangirling with my sister who doesn’t understand my obsession and so it becomes a painful, one-sided fangirling and it’s very sad okay.

Because there is ALWAYS a person who will fangirl with you!!! Always. I guarantee it. Occasionally you may need to scour the interwebs for someone who shares the same opinion as you but there is definitely a person out there. WHICH IS GREAT. Like, I have friends??? Who also loves books an unhealthy amount??? #hownice

Although I have a few friends who read in real life, most times they haven’t read the book I’m squealing over or they just don’t understand how amazing it is that V.E. Schwab is writing more books in the ADSOM world (!!!!!!!) or that Leigh Bardugo is writing books on Nikolai (!!!!!!!!) or that Tahereh Mafi is writing more Shatter Me books??? (!!!!!!!) (Old news for most of you, but hi I just reappeared from the void okay and needed to squeal about these informations.)

DISGRACEFUL FRIENDS, I AGREE.

Wait what was the point of this again?

OH YES.

Book blogging = fangirling with people who don’t think you’re crazy!! #win #thankyoublog

Giving me design resources and practice doing aesthetic things!

Helloooo resources like: Canva* BeFunky**Freepik***PicMonkey**** / Pixlr !

THEY HAVE SAVED ME and the only reason I got so familiar with these are cause of blogging? And I’ve now used these resources for other things as well, and even something for school, so like.. How amazing is that??!

THANK YOU BLOG. Or perhaps the blog should be thanking the resources because it’s the only reason new people don’t seem to run away in horror when they see my blog design?? That’s because they haven’t met me yet. 

Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han aesthetic!

I just had to include this aesthetic I made for Lara Jean with BeFunky and Canva and Pinterest! I previously made a pastel blue aesthetic for Lara Jean, but I decided to also make a pink one because it suits her so much!! (also I want ice cream)

*What I use for the majority of my blog, including featured images for posts, blog header, dividers, etc.
**What I use for making book aesthetics!! SO GREAT. I bet you could also use Canva but I prefer this one.
***Freepik offers so, so many free images you can use by crediting the creator! LOVE.
****Apparently you need to pay to download stuff from PicMonkey or something now??? But it used to be a really good free resource!

Introducing me to FABULOUS books I probably wouldn’t have picked up otherwise!

Hiiii Shades of Magic series! (seriously, I literally only picked these books up for the blogosphere and it was THE BEST DECISION EVER okay)

I’m going to ignore the fact that blogging has also made sure my TBR went from a tame 40-50 books to 1800+ books because I’m SUPPOSED TO BE THANKFUL HERE. *growls at blogging for making sure my TBR collapses on me*

Very. Thankful.

:))))

My reading tastes has changed and evolved so much, and a large amount of that is due to blogging! There are just such a large variety of books that we can discover, and I know I’ve discovered SO many amazing books these past couple of years thanks to blogging. Such as:

A List of Cages // Red Rising // The Wrath and the Dawn // I’ll Give You the Sun // The Hate U Give

GUYS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THESE WHAT ARE YOU DOING.

Giving me my excuse to procrastinate on school

Hehehehehe I should not be thankful about this. But er, seeing how I’m currently procrastinating on school by writing this post, I couldn’t NOT mention it??? Besides, at least I’m being more productive than when I procrastinated by scrolling through Youtube or binge-watching a TV show.. :)))) SO THERE.

Blogging, you’re useful. Don’t listen to them procrastination haters.

Giving me an incentive to track my thoughts on books I’ve read.

In case you missed it: I HAVE THE MEMORY OF A GOLDFISH. 

Observe:

Me: Oh my gosh I love this book so much and I have so many feels!!!
Me, two days later: wait who’s this character again

Forget character names, I don’t remember what I ate for breakfast half the time, and I LOVE breakfast. And lunch. And dinner. And all snack times. 

As such, I struggle SO MUCH with remembering details on books I’ve read! And although I don’t write as many full-length reviews these days, blogging has given me the push to actually track my thoughts after I finish a book, thankfully. 

Now I usually type up my thoughts on notes or something (my thoughts generally being a huge mess, but whatever) or Goodreads, and so I can always go back to it if I ever want to see what it was like! (This is especially useful for rereads, because I love seeing how my thoughts have changed/ stayed the same)

SO THANKS, BLOGGING and those pesky helpful human beings who suggested I write my thoughts RIGHT after I read, and not an hour later. :))

Giving me a HUGE AND WONDERFUL community of bookish friends whom I adore to death!

Now, this whole list has been in random order but I’ll go with biggest, most important one for last? Which is this one (oh, major cheese btw and I’m not even sorry)!!

Because: I LOVE YOU GUYS. And I am so, so grateful I’ve met all of you here on the blogosphere. Some people might think it odd that I’m so attached to people I’ve only talked to online, but I seriously feel like I know so many of you irl and wfjiefjoejfojwefoiwjfij I just love youuuuuu?!?!

*everyone unfollows the weird person obsessed with their internet friends*

SO THANK YOU. *sobs* *happy tears though* *stuffs face with food* *slinks away*

What are things book blogging has given you that you’re thankful for?? Any other fellow Canadians who celebrated Thanksgiving this month? (Pff Thanksgiving isn’t in November, shhhh Americans, shhh.) How much do you remember of the books you read?
What are some of your favourite books you’ve read because of blogging?
What other things are you thankful for??

HAVE SOME CHEESE AND TALK TO ME.

Wow that sounded rude, I meant hi I’m very approachable and hungry to talk to people (okay that sounds weird) and I hope you have a great day!!

Feeling GUILTY about blogging habits! // How it’s valid but also why it’s not.

I FEEL GUILTY JUST WRITING THIS.

(not really.)


Hi everyone!! Did you miss me?? Of course you did. Right? RIGHT?????? Say yes please my insecurity requests it okay thanks. :)))

I am so horribly apologetic about my disappearance for the past three-ish weeks! I’ve just kind of been in denial these past few weeks like “nahhhh I’m not on a hiatus, I’ll be back soon” and then LIFE KEPT HAPPENING (#rude) and I drowned. In school. And work. And all those life-y stuff. o.O

So here we are with this post!

Because I’ve been feeling pretty guilty about my blogging habits these past few weeks, and that kind of had a part in my mini extended accidental hiatus (aside from the biggest part in which I HAD ZERO TIME)!

So I wanted to get some of these things off my chest in hopes of getting back into the blogging spirit and get rid of all this ugly GUILT piled up and tell my past subconscious* (and you guys!!) how utterly RIDICULOUS it is.

*I’ll name it Fanny! Because why not.

“I’m not commenting enough/blog hopping often.”

This is by far the BIGGEST guilt I deal with. It’s better now for sure, but oh my god. It’s really the commenting issue that gets me, because I have become so, so horrible with blog hopping and commenting back and replying to comments on time and I just kind of want to go dig a hole and live in it with my chocolate stash and all my books and never return.

I LOVE reading other bloggers’ posts and there are so many lovely humans who stop by my own blog that makes me so happy, and I try to share that by leaving comments on other blogs, but sometimes I just don’t have the time or the will in me to comment on all the blogs in my feed, as much as I want to. (I CRY)

HENCE THE GUILT.

But, as I’ve learned the hard way: DON’T DWELL ON IT. It’s 100% okay to not comment on all the blogs in your feed!!

Comment on the blogs you’re able to, or don’t comment at all… honestly, just do what’s good for YOU. Without the guilt. 🙂 ❤

(Take that, Fanny.)

“I’m not reading/reviewing enough.”

Who says how much reading/reviewing is “enough” anyway??? NO ONE BUT YOU. *glares at Fanny who didn’t believe this*

Whether you read 10 books, 2 books, no books, or if you don’t review all the books you read… there is no one keeping track of that apart from yourself–so no such thing as “enough” here!

SO WHY THE GUILT?

*Fanny explains* “Well we live in a world where publishers are conspiring against us to publish 10 000 books per month and shove it in our faces before we can finish the books on our TBR which means if we read a low number of books we feel the hopelessness of completing said TBR*.

Not to mention everyone is reading every book ever and YOU ARE MISSING OUT?!??! *cries in sorrow*

And, as a book blogger, you’re kind of expected to write reviews for the books you read?? Soooo then you get that pesky thought in your head when you don’t write as many reviews, or any reviews in a month of blogging like “I should’ve written more reviews?? What if the book blogger monster tries to kick me out?**” HENCE GUILT.”

*Fanny disappears* (Gee, Fanny, what a rant.)

YET! Whatever number of books you read, or reviews you write, it is perfectly fine. #saynotoyourFanny Literally no one is tracking how many reviews you write or books you read**, okay? I haven’t posted a review on this blog in SO LONG (oops) and I’ve felt guilty about that? But I’m happy with the material I’ve been posting in its place and if I don’t WANT to post a review, I won’t. WITHOUT GUILT!

*Which usually isn’t as large as 1800-something books, so there usually is HOPE (before publishers crush said hope).

**Shhh, go away Goodreads reading challenge, go away.

“I don’t always think of my blog/the blogosphere.”

Wait… bloggers have LIVES outside of blogging??? MINDBLOWING.

I don’t know why this is a guilt… but it is?? It’s just that feeling, when you see all those bloggers who are super attached to their blog and the community… I mean, so am I, but not as much sometimes??? I JUST DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO SPARE.

Aaaand sometimes (confession time, omg what am I doing my secrets are no longer secrets): I just don’t want to blog.

GASP.

Whether it’s laziness, lack of energy, or just avoiding looking at all my drafts glaring at me (hehehe oops), it happens! (And there’s nothing wrong with that)

Hence the guilt, once again!

Which is all a ridiculous basis for being guilty; there is not a certain amount of attachment you must feel towards your blog or the community!!

If you love your blog, great! If you love spending hours on the blogosphere, great! If you don’t always concern yourself with your blog or the blogosphere, also great! Everyone will still love you, you’re not horrible and you can still live your epic book lover, book blogger life. 🙂

“Sometimes I don’t WANT to read.”

THE HORROR! The sheer nerve of this disgrace of a bookworm!!

 

Yeah, no. Stop that, Fanny.

See, sometimes we don’t want to read! Sometimes, we want to sleep, or snuggle up with a box of candy and chocolate in our blankets and do anything but reading.

And we, (or, I) feel super guilty about it! Or, used to. I have too much work now to be guilty about not reading because it happens! I often read on my commute to uni or work, which is great because I get a ton of reading done, but other times I’m so tired all I do is sleep and skip reading.

AND THAT’S OKAY.

It doesn’t mean you don’t like reading anymore, or that you’re not a good bookworm because you don’t want to read or you’ve fallen into a slump, okay?? Okay.

I can’t always purchase/read all the new books.

Confession: I am a BROKE af bookworm.

Which means I can’t always buy or read all the latest books! I’m fortunate enough to have access to a library that provides a lot of new books, which I get to read, but I’m not necessarily someone who is able to purchase or has the time to read, all the new books.

Which is sad!! Puts a dent in my life goal to have a library as beautiful as the one in Beauty and the Beast, you know?

What makes me feel guilty in particular though, is what if people are relying on me for my thoughts on a certain hyped book?? (In reality, there is probably NO ONE waiting on my opinion and I’m just deluding myself.) Or if I said I’d be reading something and then never did??

But again (this post is getting super repetitive now, isn’t it?): It doesn’t matter! What matters is your own happiness/will to read a certain book. If you get to buy or read all the newest books, great! If you don’t, here’s some chocolate and ice cream (which is obviously a fitting substitute)!

This post is getting overly preachy and repetitive now, I apologize. I NEED TO FIGHT AGAINST FANNY THOUGH.

“I haven’t replied to people’s comments!”

Yeah, I’m just mildly panicking as I realize how many people’s comments I haven’t replied to?????? *flails and hides in a rabbit hole* DON’T MIND ME.

I love, love, LOVE talking to everyone who comments but my schedule often means I see comments at the end of the day when they’ve all piled up and because I try to comment back as well, it takes a verrry long time and then I don’t get around to replying to all of them right away.

And then what if it takes too long for me to reply and the person secretly hates me???

And then I feel guilty for not replying right away and then think what if now they will never want to talk to me again and ijwojgoiwdjfoijewoifjoiefjoiejo SEND HELP. 

Because as much as blog-hopping is important, everyone acknowledges the importance of replying to your own comments! And I LOVE replying to comments, I swear I do. It’s just sometimes it takes me longer??

Fanny has taken over for this one, guys. #oops

But I do say that the guilt is ridiculous all the same!! Just try your best. :))

“I go on too many hiatuses.”

OH HI one of my biggest guilts ever!!

I see so many bloggers so perfectly coordinating their blogging schedule, always on top of everything and I’m just there like

Because I don’t have everything put together! My schedule is now more hectic than ever (UGH) and so sometimes, taking a break is what’s necessary for me, and so I SHOULD FEEL NO GUILT.

But I doooooooo. Am I being a bad blogger? Will I be forgotten? Should I not take a hiatus?

Answer to all of the above: Noooooooo!!

Self-care > blogging!!

So DON’T feel guilty about taking a hiatus. :)) (Trust me, it’s not fun.)

What guilts have you had before? (I can’t be the only one to have felt guilty about these before??) What would you say to your Fanny? 🙂 Some ice cream for you if you made it this far, this post was LONG. I was like, making up for all this time I’ve missed. I MISSED YOU GUYS, talk to me!! I’m a little attention seeker here. ❤

How to make a book blogger’s day! // BECOME THE SUN.

Alas, it is difficult to BE the sun.

There’s the small details such as you might, I don’t know, BURN, oh and that we’re humans and it’s impossible to physically be a sun?? (I mean, you could glue neon lights to yourself and blind others, that’s pretty similar. Oh, and wear a heater too.)

BUT. Theoretically, you could be a sun by lighting up someone’s day (wow so cheesy oopsies)! Specifically, a blogger’s day!

See, we all know bloggers and book bloggers are fabulous! And who doesn’t want to make someone happier? Spread joy! Spread happiness! (My only wish is that the rest of the world follow this mantra toooooo honestly if the world was as lovely as the book blogging community, it would be a wonderful thing. *cries because the world isn’t*)

Tis a simple thing, to shower someone’s day with happiness!! BE THE SUN. Theoretically. Here are some things that make my day as a blogger!

1. Tell them you love their blog design!

I mean, duh? Book blogger who pours time and effort into blog to make it nice for people + Person who acknowledges time and effort spent on blog by saying it’s nice* = Happy book blogger!!

Obviously, you should mean your compliment too! Don’t give out empty compliments! And honestly, the book blogs out there are so fabulous, it shouldn’t be hard to be sincere.

Me @ all the pretty blogs (and books, obviously) out there

I’m telling you, from experience, it just means SO MUCH, and I’m not just saying that! Literally reading each and every comment makes me so happy, but ones that tell me they love my blog/blog design has me squealing incoherently while my sister tells me to shut up overjoyed?! (THANK YOU to all of those who’ve said something like this before *cries because I don’t deserve such wonderful followers*)

*Or any other flattering adjective. Obviously.

2. Follow their blog!

I’m not going to commence on the whole value of followers and whatnot, but if you like a person’s blog and want to read their posts, give them a follow! Of course, there’s the whole thing about inactive followers who don’t actually ever visit your blog except when it’s a full moon*

BUUUUT all the same, it’s nice to see those numbers!! Like, “ooh my blog is actually reaching more people other than my dog and fellow minions**??? #win

It’s pretty simple, really. Like blog = follow blog = insecure blogger who feels validated and happy because we* are LIKE THAT.

*WHEREWOLF??? I mean werewolf. Not ‘where is the wolf’ abbreviated. (I used to think I was funny??? Somebody help me.)
**AND YOU GUYS TOO. Reading this post. Ahem.
*Did I say we? Okay fine, I meant ME. SHHH.

3. Tell them you read and loved a book they recommended

The amount of happiness I get from a friend/blogger reading a book I recommended is UNREAL. Oh my gosh.

It is one of the best feelings ever??!

Because then I get an excuse to fangirl all over again and also I get super happy knowing they listened to my recommendation?? LIKE WOW I’m apparently trustworthy? :))) MORE VALIDATION. And happiness.

I also feel super guilty if someone reads a book I recommended and DIDN’T like it but thankfully that hasn’t happened often…but I’m always super paranoid about that what if?? WHAT IF my recommendation wasted their time and they secretly hate me?? WHAT IF they didn’t love it as much as I did???

RELIEVE THESE WORRIES. Tell that blogger you loved that book!! They will for sure be happy to fangirl with you and give you tissues or cake if needed and who doesn’t want that?

4. Leave a [thoughtful/passionate/another adjective] comment!

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate and cherish and coddle and feed grapes* to every comment I get but I ADORE and feed chocolate** to the wonderful people who leave a super nice comment???

LIKE THANKS PAL FOR BEING A KIND HUMAN. 

Honestly, there is nothing I love more than opening my notifications and seeing a comment from someone who enjoyed my post and is just super sweet and/or passionate or just took the time to write something NICE. *squeals into pillow uncontrollably*

What did I do to deserve you?????? Can I just squeal and hug you and give you chocolate please okay thanks i love you ok bye ❤

*Pff, comments don’t mean that much to me?? Also I have a bowl of grapes besides me okay.
**Chocolate > grapes. ICYMI.

(I’m making too many footnotes and I NEED TO STOP.)

5. Fangirl with them about a favourite book

Let me just tell you the three biggest things you need to know about a book blogger:

  • We love books
  • We fangirl about said books as easily as WE BREATHE.
  • And duh, we LOVE FANGIRLING.
  • (Yes, I’m referring to myself again with the we, but you all know this applies to you too??)

WHICH MEANS!! If you ever see a blogger mention your favourite book, or if you’re stuck on what to say, fangirl with them!!

You guys can become like these two minions and duh, they’re #goals??

Okay, but really. I LOVE finding someone else who loved the same book as me and considering the amount of book bloggers I know who started this blog as a way to share their love of books with other people??? THEY WILL LOVE IT TOO.

6. Share their posts

Of course, you don’t have to do this AT ALL!! (Which applies to this whole list, really.)

But if you enjoyed a post, sharing that post (via a pingback in a blog post, in a wrap-up post, Twitter, reblog, anything you’d like) is such a nice gesture??? So many bloggers put SO MUCH time into their posts and having them shared is just such a lovely feeling. (VALIDATION. AGAIN. I swear I’m not this insecure all the time. xD)

7. Give them chocolate/cake/food.

I just spelled food backwards on Google and searched DOOF.

I SWEAR I DID WELL IN ENGLISH.

:)))

But just look:

Anyone remember this gif?? ;)))

I’m only partly joking for this one?? Give blogger food = Happy blogger!!

I mean it’s FOOD. 10/10 will make someone’s day AWESOME and 120% better.

8. Pat their heads and offer comfort in their bookish times of need!

Let me define times of need: a) they have finished Crooked Kingdom or They Both Die at the End or a Heartbreaking Book and are DYING OF SADNESS AND THE FEELS, b) they have NO BOOKS* to read, or c) they have run out of chocolate/ice cream/food and are screaming in pain!!

BECOME THEIR SUNSHINE! Ahem:

a) show them adorable pictures of cats/dogs/favourite animal or FOOD and shove the most cutesy contemporary book you can find at them
b) give them more FOOD and leave piles of your favourite books at their doorstep
c) run before they beg you for your chocolate and you are left screaming in pain** (JUST KIDDING :))) Mostly.)

*Don’t you even try to point out their bookshelf or TBR
**Yes, I just told you to give them food for a) and b) and now am telling you to run away with your food. Your point is…

AHH I hope I helped BRIGHTEN your day??! (*wink wink*) I am in no way trying to dictate what you should do haha, I just wanted to make a fun post about some of the things that have made MY day and give you all a sort of huge imaginary hug??!? There’s no special occasion, no nothing, but I was just overwhelmed with how AMAZING this community is. Honestly, you guys have the whole “being the sun” thing down. 😉

But now you tell me: what are the things that have made YOUR day, as a blogger? Do we have any of these in common? Isn’t the community just the best? CAN I GIVE YOU A HUG? AND ISN’T THAT COOKIE GIF AMAZING???

Much love (and sunshine*)!!! ❤
*Except not literally because I have an aversion to direct sunlight okay anyway byeeee!

Fictional schools that I would LOVE to attend!! // These schools need to get better mailing systems

Summer is ending! And school is starting! Or has started! Let us all have a moment of silence for our (my) free time going down the drain.

AHEM.

See, I’m not very looking forward to returning to school. (And for those of you have already started, LET US SHARE THE PAIN.)

BUT.

What if we could somehow attend the schools we find in our books instead? Think of all the schools that we could’ve gone to. You know, if the schools’ mailing system wasn’t so horrible and they managed to mail our acceptance letters. 😉 I would be so excited to return to school???

And so, in order to do something for school season (or to remind us once again how fiction can be much better sometimes) I have a list of fictional schools that I would love to attend!!

1. HOGWARTS (Harry Potter [duh])

It’s Wingardium LeviOsa, not Leviosaaa!!

I’m already so skilled, guys. Obviously Hogwarts just lost my letter??

Which is SO SAD GAH. :'(((( I mean, just IMAGINE studying at Hogwarts?!? *dies*

Everything is so much more interesting, and UM you do MAGIC and not something ridiculous and torturous such as math, etc.?? Any school where math is not included I am already a happy camper.. and here we have NO math AND MAGIC YAY!

OH and now that Harry’s gone, people also have a chance at NoT dYiNg. Which is good. *nods* (hahaha sorry Harry child I love you)

2. Camp Half-Blood (Percy Jackson)

No math… check! Magicky-type things… check! Possible death and severe injuries… check… wait what???

#oops #stillwantogotho

Pff, what’s a little danger anyway? I can obviously use my epic demigod powers for self-defense?

I’m still curious as to who my godly parent would be–I mean is. I just haven’t been claimed, you see? I kind of hope Athena… or maybe Apollo? Or Poseidon haha. I DON’T KNOW OKAY.

Someone just claim me already and stop my wondering and let me go visit Camp Half Blood ok thanks.

3. Watford School of Magicks (Carry On)

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Three words: sour cherry scones!! (I swear my mouth is watering ahhhhh I’ve never had scones but they sound SO GOOD can someone make me some please)

Oh, and magic too, I guess? xD

Carry On seems like a form of Harry Potter, and I know a lot of people didn’t like this book for that reason, but I loved this book!! Simon and Baz are the CUTEST and if I can’t go to Hogwarts (stupid mailing system), Watford is definitely a must.

SOMEONE TAKE ME THERE ALREADY.

4. Beauxbatons (Harry Potter, France)

Another magical school, you say? Why yes, because obviously those are the best schools to attend. Even if we literally have zero information on this school apart from a) it’s called Beauxbatons, b) it’s a school of magic and c) it’s in southern France!!

YAY. Lots of information.

For all we know this school could be teaching students how to be axe murderers?? (Wow that got dark I apologize…. Then again, they don’t look like axe murderers???)

But I digress!!

I like magic + I like France (and can kind of speak French too??! Taking french immersion will finally be useful yayay) + MAGIC + France (yes I’m repeating the same points to make this school a valid one to attend) + french food + MAGIC = Beauxbatons > Real life schools!!

5. School of America in Paris (Anna and the French Kiss)

I swear, I could not understand Anna AT ALL for the sole reason that she was.. somehow UPSET at having to go to Paris for school???????????

Am I reading this properly?! PLEASE, let’s switch places. (I mean I suppose Anna isn’t going to switch now because of Etienne buuuuut…)

It’s a boarding school in PARIS. Paris. Um, yes please!! Imagine all the things we could seeeee oh my gosh. *dies from wanderlust*

(Much death in this post. Apologies.)

I swear, just reading Anna and the French Kiss made me SO JEALOUS and ahhh I still will never ever be able to be on board with Anna’s grouchiness at being sent to Paris. GOSH. Someone help Anna and also give me a plane ticket.

6. Shadowhunter Academy (The Mortal Instruments)

Five words: WE. CAN. BECOME. SHADOWHUNTERS. (As long as we don’t die…….)

Hahahha sure.

I mean, I AM WORTHY. Right, guys?

Being a Shadowhunter would be so, so awesome though, there are runes for everything and if going to Shadowhunter Academy ensures I can use those, SIGN ME UP PLEASE. And also I want to save.. humans.. from…. demons and things.

To be real though, I would probably make a horrible demon hunter because I would be all too lazy and you know, unwilling to die… to actually hunt demons? Unless a demon tried to destroy my books.

Then it’s time for death.

(Hahahaha hi I’m Analee and I’m a passionate bookworm and super duper harmless and friendly!!)

7. Literally almost any contemporary high school

OKAY, OKAY, I’ll tone it down from all the fantasy magicky schools!! (Even though those are 100% the best ones to attend.)

Maybe I’m poking fun at contemporary just a little about its unrealistic schooling aspects, buuuut honestly, half the fictional schools in contemporary are just SO CHILL. And if it’s unrealistic, well… either way, it makes them a good choice for less stressful school?? (I mean, unless you want to actually LEARN something.)

WHY:

  • We get to have all the MEET-CUTES! 
  • (Seriously, how do fictional characters manage to just find eachother all the time?)
  • Oh, and you only have one or two subjects at school per day. 
  • Usually English? (I looove English)
  • Ft. a super cool and sensitive teacher who will help with your life problems!
  • Hardly any math!! (*happy dance*)
  • Don’t feel like going to school? It’s okay, you can walk out during school hours with zero consequence!!
  • (hahaha I wish.)

Did this just become a mini follow up to my previous post on unrealistic tropes in YA? Yes, yes it did. #noregrets

Am I too obsessed with magical schools?? (NO OF COURSE NOT.) What fictional schools would you like to attend? Which magical school is your favourite??? (Very tempted to put my opinion but I think we all know the answer here.)

AND MORE: If you’ve read Harry Potter and/or Percy Jackson, what’s your house and who’s your godly parent??! Are scones delicious?? (Can I have some pleeeeeeease) OH and if you attend school/uni,college, have you started yet or when do you start?? (I start tomorrow and I CRY send cookies please)

Fangirling with Book Aesthetics! // I do a tag for the first time in forever ft. PRETTY PICTURES

I AM ADDICTED TO MAKING AESTHETICS.

Seriously, it’s the best thing ever! Pff no it won’t take away all of your time hahahah what are you talking about.

I was inspired by Michelle’s BEAUTIFUL book aesthetics and her super helpful tutorial and decided to finally try to make some myself!! Hence accidentally taking part in the book aesthetics tag also created by Michelle* because WHY NOT. I was already making too many aesthetics anyway. xD

*I wasn’t tagged in this but hahaha why not do a tag I wasn’t tagged in over the millions** I was tagged in?? 

**Hahahah people don’t love me that much. Also that would be SCARY like I would be drowning in tags?? I mean, it still feels like I am, but still. MILLIONS. Okay I’m going to stop now let’s look at the aesthetics.

Favourite book of the year

A Conjuring of Light, or basically the whole Shades of Magic series??! I reread the first two books to prepare for the fabulousness that is ACOL. THE BOOKS ARE AMAZING. If you haven’t read them yet, seriously, you must!!

V.E. Schwab’s writing is incredible, her world-building is amazing, and you WILL fall for her characters and have your heart stomped on. But it’s worth it.

ALSO. ICYMI, She’s writing more books set in the world???! *muffled shrieking and excited dancing* (But I don’t/can’t dance. So. You see what a monumental occasion this is.) The series is called Threads of Power and GUYS. I’m dying of excitement!!

Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab

I tried to incorporate as many elements I could?? I dedicated the first three rows to Kell, Rhy and Lila, respectively and kind of just improv’d the last 2 haha. But I think it turned out okay???

Again: READ THIS. Now. (You get sweets if you do/did!!)

OH and I also need to mention The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, because that was 100% one of my top reads this year as well! I just struggled to make an aesthetic for it that followed a good color scheme? BUT I LOVED IT TOO.

Character you relate to a lot & a character you look up to

So, these are actually two different categories, but I had to merge these two because I just COULDN’T choose between my two characters for the individual categories. Because they’re both!!

Starting off with: my older sister Hermioneeeeeee!! She is just such a wonderful role model and I’ve totally looked up to her ever since I discovered the Harry Potter books. She’s so brave, and holds her intelligence like a sword and just #yasss

Also SHE’S A BOOKWORM. Who sometimes prefers books over people. IS SHE NOT ME???!

Behold the aesthetic:

Can I just say Hermione’s aesthetic makes me feel SO WARM AND COZY and ahhhh I’m kind of in love with it?? Does it not just make you want to curl up with a book and a blanket???

And because aesthetics are life and also I’m an indecisive melon: NINA ZENIK!

Because she’s FABULOUS in a way I can’t even begin to explain??!

I simultaneously relate to her so, so much (waffles, anyone?) and also look up to her SO MUCH. She’s selfless, she’s brave, she’s confident, she’s caring and witty and literally everything. (!!!) You can’t NOT love Nina. You just can’t. (I will fight you on this.)

I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS AESTHETIC. Mostly because of the waffles. BECAUSE WAFFLES. But also I think/hope this really represents Nina?? I HOPE. Because I looove her.

Have you read the Six of Crows (by Leigh Bardugo) books??? OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVE. *gives you side-eye*

Seriously, these books, no matter what genre you’re into, are 100% worth it. (Unless you’re against fantasy or heist plots??? Actually, never mind, even then because it is amazinggg.)

I ADORE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH. PLEASE READ THEM.

*tries to compose self*

I may be a tad excited over these books because as I’m writing this post I had finished rereading Crooked Kingdom (for the second time this year what is wrong with me) and I am just OVERWHELMED WITH FEELINGS (!!!!)

MOVING ON before everyone runs away from me….

An underrated gem 

This one was actually kind of hard to think of because so many books I enjoy are pretty popular? That being said, Tiny Pretty Things was pretty hyped up once upon a time buuuut I feel like there aren’t as many people aware of this novel.

Mini list about this book:

  • Lots of diversity!! Two WOC leads, a gay character (albeit a minor character)
  • Includes a MC suffering from an eating disorder (tw!!)
  • MUCH VICIOUSNESS
  • Lots of ballet!!
  • MUCH VICIOUSNESS
  • And girl hate
  • SO MUCH girl hate
  • And people being vicious
  • And petty and mean and cruel
  • But it was super interesting??! 
  • And the characters were so fleshed out ahhh.
  • Even though 2/3 of the leads were kind of awful, I felt SO BAD. GAH.

Literally this book is going against all the things I want in a book (like girl hate??) barring the diversity part and ballet BUT I still really liked it??? It was super addicting.

AND THE AESTHETIC! I hate how blurred out some of the images look but I do like the look of the aesthetic overall!

Hahaha I made this book look all about ballet and this hardly shows all the viciousness?? #oops IT WAS VICIOUS GUYS. New level of savagery. But I couldn’t remember details of the viciousness so :)) Ballet it is!

A character that deserves more love

Because my brain is BLANK and I’m going with the first name that I thought of: Lara Jean Song from the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han!!

WHY DO PEOPLE DISLIKE HER SO MUCH, is my question.

I mean, fine, yes, people complain of her being immature or childish, but I really don’t think Lara Jean is all that bad??? She can make questionable decisions and naive at times, but that’s being human! I honestly think people are wayyy too hard on Lara Jean!

(Also… I MEAN SHE’S A BAKER. You gotta love her. *mouth waters thinking of all the sweets*)

I want those macaroons and thingies-on-the-stick-I-forget-what-they’re-called (cake pops??) SO MUCH right now. Gah.

I was thinking more of a baby pink aesthetic for Lara Jean?? But I had all of these beaaaaauuuutiful pastel blue images saved on Pinterest and they just WORK. But I’m very tempted to make a pink one??? Somebody stop me.

*scrambles off to Pinterest for another hour*

Darnit.

An underrated OTP

Everyone talks about Cress and Thorne, or Kai and Cinder, and even Scarlet and Wolf (love them all, of course) but I hardly see anyone talk about Winter and Jacin from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer??! I love them SO MUCH. ❤

If you haven’t already read the books, you must go do that!! Winter and Jacin are so sweet and cute and I love them together ahhhh.

AREN’T AESTHETICS GREAT.

Ahem. I won’t be tagging anyone buuuut if you want to do this tag, go for it! Just don’t forget to check out Michelle’s post for all the rules and credit her for the tag. 🙂 If you do the tag, link back here as well so I can FAWN OVER AESTHETICS. 😍

SO. Have you read these books?? What’s your favourite aesthetic out of these? Do you like waffles??? (Yes, yes you do.) Are the stick-thingies in the aesthetic for Lara Jean called cake pops?? What’s an amazing or underrated book or OTP you need to shriek about? (Or shriek about anything, tbh, I’m all ears.)

2017 September Book Releases // LOOK AT ALL THE BOOKS *dies*

It’s almost September!! (HOW?)

I’m not sure how I feel about this fact?

I’m SO EXCITED because there are so many anticipated books this month (*cough They Both Die at the End* *cough Warcross*) and also WONDER WOMAN has finally released (!!!!!!) but also DISGRUNTLED because summer is over and I shall be robbed of any semblance of a life. *cries*

But before that, I’ll be robbed of my money, of course! Shh I’m not handing it over willingly, what are you talking about? I am SO excited for this month’s releases!

Oh, and yes, you can prepare for your TBRs to grow larger! *cackles* Let’s gooooo destroy your conquering-TBR goal and admire the pretty covers!

September 5th

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera: AHHHHH pff no biggie, it’s only one of my most anticipated books of the year???!?!? Adam Silvera has shot to being one of my most favourite authors and his books are just so hEaRtBrEaKiNg and I love them!!! ❤

I AM READY. (Narrator: She was not ready.)

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Main character has everything planned out for senior year and is super pumped until -GASP- something horrible happens!! Now nothing’s the same!! It never is.

(Do I become more salty at the end of the month or what?) As cliche as I made it sound, I really am looking forward to this one!!

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (Nevernight #2): Have I read Nevernight? NOPE. #oops *goes to Goodreads* *reads word “assassin”* *rushes off to find Nevernight from the depths of my physical TBR*

I swear I’ve been meaning to read this one!! There’s so much hype surrounding the first book! I hope the sequel proves to be just as good?

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust: This one’s a retelling pitched as Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber! Talk about an interesting pairing?? (I mean, I suppose Elsa can be super intense and all… but wait what about Olaf??? THE BLOODY CHAMBER. Yikes. But also *grabby hands* Sorry, Olaf.)

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #6): Okay, so I haven’t read the 5th book, Empire of Storms?? Apparently this is Chaol’s book, and it sounds good!! (I’m lowkey grumbling though because this series is taking so long to be completed and my brain can’t remember what I ate for dinner last night, let alone the content of the past books I read a year ago??? #halp)

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland: I’ve only read a few reviews on this one, but from what I’ve read this book is AMAZING and I absolutely can’t wait to read it!! This girl has a bunch of fears because her family is ‘cursed’ (at least I think that’s it???) and then she tries to overcome those and yeah.

…Okay I swear the book is probably more interesting that I make it sound!!

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart: I haven’t read any of E. Lockhart’s books (such as the uber-hyped We Were Liars) yet but I’ve heard some good things about this one!! What’s with all the blond hair tho???

The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle: The thing with feathers is that they’re FLUFFY and soft and can be found on birds or at Dollarama I was going to write off this book as simply being a book with pretty font and feathers, but I’ve never read a book with a main character with epilepsy, like this one and I’m hoping it’s good??!

Right Where You Left Me by Calla Devlin: Family drama! Missing journalist father?? FBI and earthquakes? I think?? (I’M TRYING HERE, OKAY.)

Light Years by Emily Ziff Griffin: This girl has this super rare condition and also has this SUPER PLAN to ‘start her life’ and be ‘free from her mother’!!

BUT.

Then there’s a deadly virus and her father is quarantined! *GASP* But when the girl (Luisa) gets a CRYPTIC message from a stranger who can stop the virus, she knows she has to something to save her family (and the world, obvi). Go Lu!! Wouldn’t it be the job of the stranger to do that tho??

Even the Darkest Stars by Heather Fawcett: I feel like so many of the blurbs these days are all SO SIMILAR. Especially with how they end?? But they sound GOOD, so I guess that’s why? xD I’m getting some bonding sister vibes, but also sister competition! And climbing a mountain or something? All the good stuff.

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel: I’m going to be real here, I desperately needed another book to complete this gallery and so I found this one but this doesn’t seem like one I’m going to pick up? It seems quite cliche with the whole falling in love with a “inhuman, tall, brooding ‘harbringer of death'” thing going on.

September 7th 

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan: Okay, the blurb I saw on GR was totally not a blurb and I have ZERO CLUE what this is about but I liked her other book, One, so I’m giving this the On-the-tbr-but-idk-when-I-will-read-it-possibly-never treatment!!

A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba Badoe: 4 words: MAGICAL. REALISM. + Pretty cover!!

The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James: Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met, never even spoken to – someone who is light years away? UM NO. But okay, book, go ahead and delude yourself!!

I swear I’m not this cynical in real life.

I think.

September 12th

Warcross by Marie Lu: ANOTHER MOST ANTICIPATED AHHHHH!!! From what I understand with my tiny brain, this is like a virtual reality world?? Or at least there are video game vibes? And everyone seems to be loving it AND IT’S MARIE LU I mean come on.

September 12th whyyyyyyyy :'(((( *cries* *grabby hands*

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1): Mira originally came accross as a special snowflake (so over those) BUT THEN. She has anxiety?? And there seems to be dragons??? GIVE ME NOW.

Fireblood by Elly Blake (Frostblood Saga #2): I haven’t read the first book but apparently these books are super good!! Plus there’s blood and blood is good hahahaha I’m okay guys I swear. (*everyone runs away from me*)

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins: I don’t know how I could do that, BUT THANKS PAL. I’m glad you think so.

No, but in all seriousness (ew, serious) this book is #ownvoices with an Indian-American MC!! Explores “sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and inheritance of culture” YOU GUYS. I need this in my lifeeeee!

September 19th

A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess (Kingdom on Fire #2): POISON YAY. That always makes things interesting. (I swear I’m a very harmless person!!) Haven’t read the first book (as seems to be a trend in this post) but this series sounds so good!! And I kind of love the covers. So.

One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #2): Guess what I’m about to say… Yup, I haven’t read the first book of this series either!! BUT I’M ALL FOR DARKNESS. And bloodthirsty royals. 

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu: Am I the only one who thinks of Moxie’s Grill & Bar?? I’ve never even had food there but oh well. I JUST LIKE FOOD and this reminds me of food?? But okay, this book actually sounds SO GOOD! MC (Moxie’s Grill) starts a feminist revolution at her high school??! Sign me upppp.

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore: Kristin Cashore!! Am I the only one who read and really liked her Graceling books?? This one’s a totally different vibe, more a coming-of-age contemporary story than fantasy, but I can’t wait!!

September 26th

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo: LEIGH BARDUGOOOOOO!! I’m still fawning over the fact that Wonder Woman has finally released AND THEN BAM.

Another book, and it’s set in the Grishaverse!! #blessed (Hi here’s your daily reminder to read Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom even if this book isn’t related to those books directly)

Invictus by Ryan Graudin: Time-traveling!!! I feel like a lot of time-traveling books follow the same formula (ppl go back in time + screw things up = ultimate death unless they find a miracle to fix things)

BUT this is RYAN GRAUDIN!! I love, love, LOVED, her previous books (Wolf by Wolf duology – reimagining of Hitler-era with shape-shifting, and The Walled City which was inspired off true events) and I knowwwww* I will love this!!

*Okay, fine, strongly hope? I’m a cynical melon, remember?

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman: Another character with a “mother-that-makes-her-feel-unremarkabke”!! (So much hate against mothers, jeez.) Who is certain that once she escapes into her dream school Everything Will Be Better. BUT GASP. She doesn’t make it into said art school!! And then some other things happen. :)))

Seriously, I swear these books are a TON better than how I make them sound!! EDIT: Also there’s Asian rep in this one!! #yesplease

Someone needs to stop me from making these posts.

Is September packed with incredible reads or what??? (I’m telling you, don’t listen to my cheesy generic descriptions of the books. xD) All of the good books are ruining my “I dislike September because of school” aesthetic though #help What books are you most excited for?? (WARCROSS, TBDATE, Language of Thorns, mm yes good choices.) Have I grown your TBR? (Mwa hahaha)  Will you give me your money so I can buy all these books? 

GIVE ME YOUR COMMENTS TO SNACK* ON. :))) Sending lots of love and I hope you’re having a beautiful time wherever your are!! ❤

*See what I did there? Snack… Book Snacks?? *waggles eyebrows* Okay I’ll stop