Anticipated 2020 Summer Releases!

I’m beyond thrilled that the start of summer is finally here! After being cooped up in the house for the winter season and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m excited to soak up some sun and some awesome books. I’ve compiled a list of books that are being released this summer that I’m stoked for. My video below goes into more detail but a few titles I can mention are The Ballard of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins and Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer. Did any of my books make it on your list?

Anticipated 2020 Summer Releases

November Wrap Up *Blogmas #3*

It’s my favorite time of the month; wrap up time! I ended up reading a total of 3 books for the month of November. A few statistics include…

  • Number of pages read: 590
  • Average rating: 4.2 stars
  • Favorite book: Fake Blood 5/5 stars
  • Least favorite book: The Good Egg 3/5 stars

Check out my wrap up video below to find out more thoughts, feels and opinions! 🙂

Books I Want to Read by 2020 // Blogmas #1

December 2019 is finally here! This past year has flown by so fast and I can’t believe we are here already. Since it’s December that can only mean one thing? BLOGMAS! Throughout my years on the internet, I used to watch a lot of videos on YouTube this time a year called Vlogmas where a person vlogs every single day up until Christmas. I’ve contemplated the idea the past few years and if I actually wanted to make that commitment. But I just don’t have that much of an exciting life. I wake up, go to work, come home, eat food, and just lay around until I do it all over again.

So this year I decided to do Blogmas! I will be attempting to blog every day up until Christmas! The first topic I want to cover in today’s blog, Books I Want to Read by 2020.  So what books do I want to read in the next 31 days? I want to read two young adult novels, a poetry book, a comic collection, and a graphic novel.

What books are on your TBR or want to read list? Are you planning to participate in Blogmas this year? Let me know in the comment section down below! And I will be back tomorrow with a new blog post! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading

I think this Top Ten Tuesday topic is perfect for this week, month, and season. I typically don’t eat or drink things because I don’t want greasy fingers on my pages or have the chance of accidentally spilling something on my books. BUT the fall season is the perfect season for me to drink while reading. Here are my top 5 favorite things to drink while reading.

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  1. Dunkin’ Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee
  2. Apple Cider
  3. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher from Starbucks
  4. Caramel Iced Coffee
  5. Sweet Tea

See everyone next week for another Top Ten Tuesday post! 🙂

Spooky September

A spooky TBR for the month of September? SIGN ME UP!

Honestly, over the years I didn’t think my reading tastes would involve me liking “spooky” books. When I was little my cousins came over to babysit and they happened to watch a goosebumps or horror movie that had ventriloquist dolls coming out of the sewers. Ever since then I have been terrified of spooky and horror movies. However, throughout recent years I have come to devour YA horror novels (still can’t watch scary movies or I will have nightmares for a week straight). My first YA horror novel was The Merciless by Danielle Vega. Since reading that book I have the need to read all the YA horror novels.

With the spooky season coming up and me wanting to read more horror and spooky books I decided that “Spooky September” should be my TBR theme for the month. Listed below are the books that I plan to read in September.

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Contagion by Erin Bowman, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, and The Last Life of Prince Alastor by Alexandra Bracken.

 

August 29th: I Failed at NEWTS and That’s OK

As I’m sitting here typing this I realized I absolutely failed at the NEWTS readathon this month and that’s okay. I thought this month would be full speed ahead and a straight shot to the end of the reading race, but instead there were a few detours along the way. I was sick for a week, had a death in the family, work was insane and I was watching copious amounts of Netflix and movies. But you know what? I honestly don’t care that I didn’t reach my reading goal.

I think the biggest realization that has come to me this year and specifically this summer is that everyone has a different reading pace and that’s okay. It’s okay for me to read 2 books for one month and 10 the next month. But being a Booktuber the pressure is on to continue to read all the books and quite frankly, I don’t feel that pressure anymore and it’s amazing. Did I fail at reading every day and the NEWTs readathon I was *attempting this month, yes, but that’s okay.

All I can do is try. Try my hardest to read. To make time to read. And I’m excited to say I’ll be continually trying to read for 30 minutes for every day in September and documenting it. There are so many spooky books that I NEED to get to this fall and I couldn’t be more excited to continue to strive towards my goals. I can’t wait to see where my fall reading adventures take me.

August 13th: Ready To Be Back

Ugh. I’ve been sick. I’ve had allergies. But AT LAST, I finally feel better. And it’s wonderful to not have a Kleenex shoved up my nose 24/7. Last week I did not get a lot of reading done due to being sick and sleeping. Then over the weekend, I went to the Iowa State Fair for the first time ever which was a fun weekend adventure to get away from everything. I saw the cutest baby cow (pictured below), ate a bunch of fried food, and saw lots of animals. IMG_2990But now that my body is under control, I finally got to sit down and read for a half-hour tonight. And man did it feel refreshing. I got sucked back into Magnus Chase, which I’m enjoying at the moment. According to Goodreads, I’m only 34% complete with this book. This is a frustrating spot where I don’t want to be in for this month since it is the NEWTS readathon and I’m trying to get a lot of reading accomplished. But my plan for the rest of the week is to take care of myself, cook lots of homemade meals, exercise, and read to stay healthy and not fall back into a week of misery again! Below is the progress so far for this month. August 13

The Reading Rush TBR

It’s my favorite time of the year again the BookTubeAThon… wait hold the phone. Recently the BookTubeAThon has changed its name since last year to include everybody from all platforms and is now called The Reading Rush! I’ve participated in this readathon ever since it was started so to say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement. The past few years for this readathon I have been moving at this time so not much reading has taken place, but for once I’m not moving and I can’t wait to get home from work every day and read! In the video below is my TBR for The Reading Rush. What books do you plan to read?

The Haunted Book Review

Since it’s the summer time again, that means a new spooky book by one of my favorite authors gets released. The Haunted by Danielle Vega is one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2019. This book was released on June 4th but I was lucky enough to get an ARC copy at ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle this year. Below you will find my review which contains all my thoughts, feels, and opinions. Enjoy!

The Haunted Vlog

Before I get into my review of The Haunted by Danielle Vega, first there was a vlog behind it. I absolutely love reading and vlogging my journey through books and it’s become one of my favorite things to do! This way you get to see my live action (kinda?) to the specific book I’m reading. Last year I did one for The Merciless IV: Last Rites and I really enjoyed it. So with a new Danielle Vega book coming out this summer, I thought what the heck I’ll do it again! Here’s the vlog of my journey through The Haunted by Danielle Vega.