How Well Did I Stick to my Summer TBR?

Hello all! At the beginning of the summer, in an attempt to actually stick to a plan, I posted my hot girl summer TBR. Today, I am going to check in and see how well I did in sticking to it. I am not usually a TBR person, I am much more of a mood reader. However, there are also books I would particularly like to get done in a timely manner. This includes library books I have to return, things friends recommend to me, ARCs, and books I have been sitting on for a long time and need to finally get to.

I definitely ended up reading lots of books this summer that were not on this list, but I did make it through a relatively good portion of these as well. And of course I read lots of books not on this list. I will say this is a bit of a casual, chaotic post, I definitely should have put this in a list format. But I’m not going to change it now!

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August Wrap Up // yes, I know this is very late

Hello, welcome back! This wrap up is going to be short and sweet because I am nearly two weeks late at this point, and would rather spend my limited blogging time writing other content. In the last 2.5 weeks I finished my internship, moved, visited my aunt, moved into the dorm, and started school. Then on top of that it’s getting over my jet lag, socializing and seeing all the people I haven’t seen for the last two months, and trying to unpack my room. Suffice it to say, I have been busy so there’s a reason there hasn’t been a post. Hopefully I will get back into my groove soon and have some things headed your way.

I did read a decent amount in August though, covering 9 books in total. My favorites were Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron. The latter made me incredibly excited to pick up more books by Heron, as it was my first of hers that I’ve read, and I have heard really good things about Accidentally Engaged. I also reread The Night Circus, which is always a hit. My full list of books and ratings for the month are under the cut!

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The Book Reviewing Tag

Hello! I have a lot of things happening this week, and lots of reviews to write for some upcoming ARCs, so I thought it would be nice to do something low-key and fun today. Fatma over at The Book Place recently created the book reviewing tag, and I immediately knew I wanted to do it. These are all questions about the process of book reviewing and reflections on book reviews written. And since I am approaching a year and a half of book blogging, it seems especially apt.

So please join me for what should be a super fun, very casual, one-sided conversation about my reviewing process.

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Review: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

  • Title: Lessons in Chemistry
  • Author: Bonnie Garmus
  • Genre: historical fiction
  • Intended audience: adult
  • Format read: ebook
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books
  • Pub date: April 5, 2022
  • Content warnings: sexual assault, sexual harassment, death, grief, death of a loved one, car crash, suicide, mentions of homophobia, references to child sexual abuse, bombs
  • Rating: 4/5 stars
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July Wrap Up // at least I read more this month

Hello! I hope wherever you are you are having a lovely time. I know that I have had quite a busy but also enjoyable month. On paper, I had a pretty average reading month. I read 10 books total, two of which were audiobooks. This is certainly much more on par with my standard pace compared to last month’s six. In terms of motivation I had a bit of a book slump in the middle of the month. I was simply not feeling any of the books I was reading. Not to fear, though! I am already out of it.

I have finally finished Eat, Pray, Love, which was one of the books that was haunting me and certainly not helping the slump. ‘Why did you keep reading it?’ you ask. Because it was for a challenge and I was forcing myself to finish it. However, I got motivated by Bonnie Garmus’s Lessons in Chemistry, which I finished in only two days. If I get my act together you can expect a review of it up in a few days.

And despite my mid-month slump, I still read lots of amazing books this July, including All My Rage, Little Fires Everywhere, Delilah Green Doesn’t Care, and, of course, Lessons in Chemistry. Keep reading under the cut for all the books I read this month and some of my thoughts on them.

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Unconventional Places to get Books

I absolutely love both reading and the online book community. But it can often feel like you need to have an ever-expanding library, which can be costly. And we are book lovers after all: we love collecting books. However, there are definitely other ways to acquire books without having to purchase them new at full price. Today, I wanted to share with you some of the unconventional, outside-the-box places where you may be able to find books. This post covers ways to get physical books, but if you’re interested in different places to find audiobooks, you can check out my other post about that.

I specifically want to focus on some of the more ~unconventional~ places you might be able to find books either for cheap or for free. Libraries and open resources are amazing, but I want to touch on some other ways that are different, or maybe common but that you don’t necessarily think of immediately. Because with some creative thinking, time, and dedication, you can find some great books for a fraction of the price. I will also note that since I live in the U.S., these are all pretty U.S. centric, but might apply to other countries as well.

Another great thing about these methods is that not only are they better for your wallet, they are better for the planet! Each method I mention requires re-using books rather than buying new ones.

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Six More Audiobook Recommendations

Last October, I wrote a blog post with six audiobook recommendations. But I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and I have discovered so many new, great audiobooks since I made that post. Thus, I wanted to take some time to circle back around to the topic. If you are new to audiobooks, these are all great books to get you started! (If you’re new to audiobooks, you can also check out my where to listen to audiobooks post to get you started.) On the flip side, if you are a seasoned audiobook lover, I have no doubt that you will also love the ones on this list. Originally this was going to be a list of five books, but I just couldn’t choose so I ended up with six! These are all audiobooks that I listened to and rated either four or five stars, and for which I thought the audiobook experience was really well done.

I haven’t been listening to a lot of YA audiobooks recently, so you will find that these are all adult books. However, I did include a mix of fiction and nonfiction, so hopefully you will be able to find something you are interested in! I also want to note that nearly all of the content warnings are from my memory, they are not necessarily an exhaustive list, but I also couldn’t find a lot of other sources for them.

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June Wrap Up

Welcome (back) to my blog! I honestly do not have a lot of prelude to this month’s post. It was very busy for me, so I didn’t read as much as I normally do. However, I did read a decent amount of books, especially given that arguably two of them are litfic and I was in the middle of two classics (one I finished, one I am still reading). I still read six books in total, which is certainly a respectable amount. I also managed to post multiple book reviews, which is a high number of reviews in one month for me.

My favorite book that I read this month was definitely Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I listened to the audiobook, and it was absolutely amazing. I highly recommend it! I also re-read Emma via audiobook, which was really nice. All in all, I basically enjoyed all of the books I read this month. My full wrap up is listed under the cut!

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Review: Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler

  • Title: Home Field Advantage
  • Author: Dahlia Adler
  • Genre: Contemporary
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: eARC
  • Publisher: Wednesday Books
  • Pub date: June 7, 2022
  • Content warnings: homophobia, mentions of death of a teenager, mentions of car crash from drunk driving, mentions of abortion
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

Thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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Review: Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour

  • Title: Yerba Buena
  • Author: Nina LaCour
  • Genre: literary fiction
  • Format read: physical arc
  • Publisher: Flatiron books
  • Pub Date: May 31, 2022
  • Content warnings: sexual assault (adult and minor), death, parental death, depictions of grief, cheating, divorce, drugs and overdosing, alcoholism and addiction, murder, colorism
  • Rating: 4/5 stars

Thank you to Flatiron books for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review

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