Book Recs for Summer

The weather is warm, the sun is shining, the cicadas are finally dying – it’s the perfect time to sit outside and enjoy a good book! (Because God knows I can’t actually focus when I have to worry about cicadas dive-bombing me). 

If you are searching for the perfect summer read, look no further! I’ve compiled a list of fun books that are perfect for reading under the summer sun.

Also please note that although I wrote down trigger warnings as I remembered them, it’s been a long time since I read some of these, and I definitely could have missed some things.

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Review: A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions by Sheena Boekweg

  • Title: A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions
  • Author: Sheena Boekweg
  • Genre: historical fiction
  • Intended audience: young adult
  • Format read: eARC
  • Publisher: Feiwel Friends
  • Pub date: June 1, 2021
  • Trigger warnings: fire, death, death of a child, fatphobia
  • Representation: fat mc, asexual side character, trans side character
  • Rating: 1.5/5 stars

I received an advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review.

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May Wrap-Up

Hello hello! This month has been incredibly crazy for me: while still in school I have moved away from school into an apartment for the summer, started my summer internship, had to move apartments, and deal with finals. As in, I have been working 40 hours a week and doing full time school simultaneously. Fun! As a result, I didn’t think I would read too many books this month, but I have actually managed to read 10! Thank you audiobooks. (Really about half my reads this month were audiobooks.)

I guess it is worth noting that I hit my yearly challenge this month of 70 books! As of now, I have read 73 books in 2021. Based on this, I am definitely going to try to get to 100 by the end of the year. However, I didn’t want to give myself a 100 goal at the very beginning of the year, because I truly didn’t know how much I would be reading – what with actually having a job this summer instead of having nothing better to do than read books all day.

My favorites of the month were A Taste for Love by Jennifer Yen and Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price. Two Pride and Prejudice inspired books! I swear this was not on purpose. I also loved Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. In fact, if I had to recommend one book from this month, it would definitely be Interior Chinatown. I thought it was a great satire which examined how Asian Americans are perceived in the film industry, and in general in America.

Per usual, I also had a few duds. (Actually, more than a few. I had quite a few 2 and 3 star reads this month; it’s no wonder I’m feeling slumpy.) I finished The Agency series, but I was disappointed by the last book, I thought it was the weakest of the series. I also was not a huge fan of A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions, which I will be posting a full review of soon. Find my full list of this month’s reads and ratings under the cut!

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My Favorite Book Covers

Hello all! I am headed into a very busy couple of weeks (and a reading slump, tbh), so I figured it would be a good time for me to share this post I wrote a couple of weeks ago about some of my favorite book covers!

We all say not to do it, but I am just as guilty as anybody of judging a book by its cover. Pretty cover? I’m much more likely to pick it up. Not so pretty? Eh. For example, I love illustrated romance covers, but the second you give me a romance cover with a picture of two half-naked people on it? Immediate aversion. (Although that might be my internalized misogyny that degrades romance novels talking (I still don’t like them though, they aren’t pretty.))

I wanted to have some fun today by highlighting some of my favorite pretty book covers! The rules? None! It is purely based on aesthetics. These are just my favorite covers, and all of this is in good fun!

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Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

  • Title: Station Eleven
  • Author: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Genre: post-apocalyptic, literary fiction
  • Intended audience: adult
  • Format read: audiobook
  • Narrator: Kirsten Potter
  • Publisher: Random House Audio
  • Pub date: September 9, 2014
  • Trigger warnings: pandemic, death, cult, mentions of suicide, mentions of rape, guns, pedophilia, domestic abuse, violence
  • Rating: 4/5 stars (leaning upwards)
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April Wrap-Up

I simultaneously cannot believe that it is almost May, and I feel like it has been April for forever. I also cannot believe the amount of books that I read in April. I do not know how I found the time to do it.

I read a total of 12 books in April! I didn’t hit every book on my tbr, but I did lots that weren’t on it, and I managed to clear some books off of my NetGalley shelf. However, I didn’t do great on diversity this month; only 4 of the 12 books I read were by authors of color. My goal for this year is for 40% of the books I read to be by authors of color (last year it was about 30%), and I’m currently at 39%. So I’m not too far off, but I am being very conscious of whose work I am consuming.

I had a lot of really good reads in April, my favorites being The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould, The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which I just finished yesterday. I will leave a full list of what I read under the cut!

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Discussion: 3 Indie Bookstores I Love

Today is independent bookstore day! I love supporting my local bookstores, so I thought I would take this as an opportunity to highlight some of my favorite indie bookstores, and hopefully inspire you to support your own independent bookstores. And remember, if you want to support independent bookstores but don’t want to venture inside, bookshop.org allows you to buy books online at cheap prices while giving money to a local bookstore of your choosing. But read on for even more options! Because 2/3 of the bookstores I’m going to share also allow you to order books online.

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Book Recs Based on your Favorite 2000s Nostalgia Film

Who doesn’t love a good 2000s film? We all have that favorite movie from our childhood that we watched over and over and that partially consumed our identities at the age of 12. Right? I am here to give you book recommendations that you will like if you liked those movies!

In hopes that you will find at least one book on this list that sounds interesting, I have included a mix of young adult and adult books, although they are all contemporary because the movies are as well. So read on!

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