TTT: Top Books of 2019: Where my Year Went with Books

Hey bookworms! I hope you’re enjoying the last day of 2019! The end of an era! Does anyone else feel old yet? This year was a rollercoaster, so I am glad to say goodbye to it. As rough as this year was I did have some great books out of 104 (105 if I can finish this last one tonight), to get me through it, let’s get started! These will be in the order they were read in. Time to start this top 10 Tuesday post that is now being hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

My Favorite Reads of 2019

1. Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson

Before Anne of Green Gables

I was obviously trying to fill my Anne with an E craving! I mean come on Netflix stop taunting me with the coming soon stuff… Anywho what I loved is seeing is what shaped Anne and her younger years that the show glimpse at that the books didn’t cover. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars that brought me a little closer to Anne.

2. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Paris Wife

I will make it no secret that I didn’t like Hemmingway as a person, which you find out by reading his memoir A Moveable Feastbut the lives of his wives and their relationships with him on the other hand. It gives you an insight that not most would have. Learning about Hadley through Paula McLain’s writing kept me so captivated and it was another 4 stars.

3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

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I watched the movie on Netflix, and had to read the book. It led me back to my love for historical fiction and made me realize I also love books in letter format. I need to find more written the same format. I fell in love with each character and this made it my first 5 star read of the year.

4. One Day in December by Josie Silver

One Day in December

It filled my One Day craving in every way, but with a happier, all be it more dragged out ending. I adored the pop culture references but the David Tennant reference at the end earned it the 5th star plus the solid female friendship helped. More books need them 😊

5. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

The Witches Don't Burn

This book was definitely a hidden gem of the year. First and foremost let me say I love the queerness of this book. The bi rep made me want to cry I relate to Morgan, about being tempted to defend her sexuality.

This book definitely kept me on edge with suspense. the only thing that bothered me is how Hannah kept repeatedly referred to Veronica as her ex. It was understandable but how constant it was got in my nerves. Definitely recommend this book though! I can’t wait for book two.

6. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

The book I still cannot stop talking about and recommending to people this year. Some of the translations didn’t go over well, but I also found out this year that I love books from the animal’s perspective, they are more pure. How animals claim us more than we claim them. It tore apart my feels in the best way. I need to own this book now💜😊 Another 5 star read of the year!

7. Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

Keeping Lucy

Another historical fiction for the year and one that really made me think. Plus I love Therese Plummer as a audio book narrator. I really liked this book as it constantly made me itch to get back to it. It made me grateful I was born in the era I was because people with CP were often institutionalized as well. If you want a book to let you learned how society has grown at least a little bit, I definitely recommend this one. It was a 4 out of 5 stars.

8.Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jone and the Six

Another 5 star of this year! I adored it! This was such an amazing book! I had to look up multiple times if this was really a fictional novel or non-fiction. The style of it being written in interviews with the band really sucks you in. The author’s notes in the beginning and end made you forget it was all a story. It connected you in a way, I haven’t felt connected in a long time, it was like I could run into these people strolling down the streets of LA. It showed truly flawed and good characters. My favorite quote which I’m probably butchering is, “Love doesn’t have to be perfect to be strong”. I sincerely hope Taylor Jenkins Reid writes a lot more books in this style!

9. The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

The Brightsiders

I really adored the bi rep in this book. Although I kinda hated that her parents were horrible but they do exist. I loved Emi taking ownership of her actions . The way to win my heart is to write great quotes about kisses or write good kisses and this is what won it 5 stars. Bi rep is important to me this year with the everything going on I needing more of it.

10. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by by Roselle Lim

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Good Fortune

If you love Magical realism you need to pick up this book. It is a great book if you’re finishing college and feeling a little lost in life.  The magical realism, how it handled mental, and family history. The generational aspects were also some of my favorite things. I need a copy of it and it was my last 5 Star book of the year.

 

Well bookworms, that’s all for 2019 and this post, as I have to adult and work tomorrow, but I will see you in the New Year! You’ll see me back in the community as I will try my best. Have you read any of these? What were your favorites of the year? Leave me a link below, I want to know what kept you sane this year. I will be including the link to my year in review, on Goodreads because I think the feature is cool and you can link your too in the comments. Happy Reading, and we’ll talk soon!

2019 Year in Review

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Movie Monday: Mirai (Spoiler Free)

Hey Bookworms and Movie Lovers! I know I haven’t posted in a while, but I wanted to post before the thoughts leave my head. Especially because this was a movie I waited for what feels like a long while to … Continue reading

Spring Wrapup: Better Late than Never

Hey Bookworms! I hope you’re having a good day/ night/ afternoon, so far. I know once again this is late, so I want go through the normal excuses, but I wanted to get this done. So here is what kept … Continue reading

What kept My Mind Off the Cold: January, February, & March Rap Wrap-Up

Hey bookworms! I know I haven’t posted in a bit, but it’s been a bit busy lately. I  know I wanted to try and do month, but winter was busy for me with my Birthday trip and all the overtime it took to save. But, anywho, you’re here for the books not to hear me whine, so let’s get started!

 

January Reads

 1. The Rose Society by Marie Lu

The Rose Society

So for those of you who have seen my signature, will know I had to pick up this sequel due to the cover. I mean can you blame me. I wish I could say I felt the same for the story that I did the cover. Although I love the idea of this series because it sings to my X-Men loving heart. It is like a retelling of it in a way at least to my mind. Adelina reminds me of a friend that really hurt me last year, and I can’t help but want this character to be redeemed. Magiano was the one that kept me reading. I gave the book a 2.8 out of 5 stars.

 

2.  Dumplin’ By Julie Murphy

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I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I related to the mother-daughter relationship. In the way the mother assumes she is helpin g the daughter with her opinions that maybe ended a bit blunt and sometimes hurtful without meaning to. The female friendships made me so happy because I feel so many stories are lacking friendships lately. Friendships are starting to become minor points in stories and I don’t want to think they are becoming minor points life as well.

3. Nothing by Annie Barrow

Nothing

I gave this a 2.8 stars although it was a cute coming of age of age it really irked me the names these girls called each other. It wasn’t okay.

4. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

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I gave this one 3.3 stars. I loved the idea of the characters having personalities outside of the ones that were written for them in their story. The romance felt a bit lacking for me, but the story stuff rang true to me. Especially the part where the author said she heard the character’s voices in her head. As a writer myself that is my favorite sound and I miss that the most.

6. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Saint Anything

4 stars! This book reminded me of everything about Dessen’s writing that made me feel less alone when I was younger. It reminded me that I wasn’t alone with the problems I faced. That other people faced them too. This book was like comfort food in her writing style if that makes sense.

6.  Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

Before the Devil Breaks You

This book got 4 stars from me only because of that cliff hanger! I was ready for this series to be over, but I do how much that I greatly care for these characters so I’m not too angry about getting to see more of their stories.

7. Birthmarked by  Caragh M. O’Brien

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I gave this book  3 out of 5 stars. For a dystopian book I still don’t know what to think of it but it had some really good action parts that kept my attention.

February

1. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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3 stars I like the writing process and Cath’s professor’s advice, but I feel this would’ve made more of an impact on me if I read this 4-5 years ago. It did make me miss writing fanfiction and just writing in general. Maybe one day I will feel the pull again.

2. Cleopatra’s Moon by  Vicky Alvear Shecter

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I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars there was a bit of lag in some parts, but this book reminded me why historical fiction and royalty pulled me in when I was younger. I am hoping this means it has reignited my craving.

3. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

Made You Up

This book was a 4 out of 5 stars for me it was really good to hear about mental health especially a disorder you don’t hear much about. This story really put you in the main character’s head and shoes. It made you experience her feelings and struggles in such a vivid way.

4. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones

This shows how horrible of a bookworm I am. I loved the first book and didn’t even know that the next two books were out. I loved learning about the twins and the LGBTQ elements in these books and the backstory and magical realism mixed with the fantasy is my favorite thing ever. It was an amazingly good short devour and I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars and now I need to own these books!

5. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Beneath the Sugar Sky

After finishing the last book and knowing the third was already out. I had to buy the third audio book for myself and it did not disappoint. The world building is AMAZING! 5 out of 5 stars!

6. Marked by PC and Kristin Cast

Marked

4 out of 5 stars because sometimes a reread is all the comfort and happiness you need in the world.

7. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

One Dark Throne

I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. It would have been 5 out of 5 but there were some parts that lost my attention due to lag, but it has all the things to keep me picking up a book. I can’t wait to see what happens at the end.

8. Uglies by Scott Westerfield

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I have this a 3 out of 5 stars. I think I would’ve enjoyed this more in my teens when I was into dystopian but I only read it on a rare occasions now. It was an interesting twist on conformity though.

9. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey

I know I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary, but it’s not my favorite genre truly. I will admit it is easy to read though. For not loving Contemporary I found I love Sophie Kinsella. Her humor and her books always make me laugh. 3 out of 5 stars.

10. City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

City of the Lost

I started this book last December but didn’t get to finish it before my turn was up at the library. Let me tell you these plot twists definitely made it worth the wait! 5 out of 5 stars!

March

My favorite month of the whole year! My birthday month! These are the books that helped me get to and celebrate 26!

1. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys 

Out of the Easy

When I say I don’t like contemporary that of course excludes Historical Fiction. I know I am so odd, but historical fiction has always been one of my deepest loves for as long as I can remember. This book was such a great reminder of that. I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars.

2. Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

Unbecoming

This was one of my random picks for the month and I pretty much went in blind because to be honest I think I skimmed the summary. This is a great example of the when going in blind works out great. The story telling and the three perspectives were great for world building and was enough to have flash backs. It was perfect to fill all my fictional cravings when I picked it up. 4 out of 5 stars.

3. NTR – Netsuzou Trap Vol. 1 by Naoko Kodama, Catherine Ross (Translator), Shannon Fay (Adaptation), CK Russell (Lettering)

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This yuri was a little disappointing because it felt Hotaru was too forceful on Yuma. If she was just honest I feel this was honest, maybe even a bit more seductive this would’ve been so much better. I gave this one a 2 out of 5 stars. I might try and see if it’s available at the library instead of picking up and buying the next copy.

4. Citrus Vol 7 by Saburo Uta

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Although Mei’s and Yuzu’s love did have a forcefulness in the beginning you could tell the underlying feelings were there. I fell behind on this series, but then I remembered it was becoming an anime! So I needed to devour what was out to hype myself up and I was disappointed by neither the adaption or this volume. I gave this one a 4 out of 5 stars.

5. Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

Midnight Jewel

Although there was some parts of this book I didn’t like like pretty much retelling the first book… The romance in this one though was hot, and I like the couples with conflict. That argue that does not fall easy are my favorites. They are the more realistic to me and draw me in too easily. 4 out of 5 stars for just the romance alone! Don’t judge me she writes good friction and tension!

6. Bloom into You, Vol. 1 by Nakatani Nio

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I loved the idea of this manga that love can grow. It doesn’t have to be hot it can be slow and patient. It was so sweet I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars.

7. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

This was a 2.8 stars for me because how fickle Naomi became kinda irked me and ruined the good parts for me.

8. Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

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The tagline got me guys! “For fans of This is Us” which is my mom and my favorite show and it was not a disappointment. The bond between the siblings was so sweet and true. It also hit on adoption which I feel isn’t a topic covered by many books. 4 out of 5 stars.

Well guys that what I read this winter! I am so sorry this took forever to post! I am trying to get better I promise. Have you read any of these? Feel free to let me know in the comments below because I really do miss you all. Have a wonderful week and most importantly Happy Reading!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Magnets for Me to Pick up A Book

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Hey Bookworms! I know it’s been forever again it’s the same excuse as always, I’m horrible at balancing work and blogging sometimes even a personal life… But I’m not ready to give up blogging yet! I still want to post as much as I can and eventually maybe I will learn the balance. Have a posting schedule? But anywho onto the topic at hand. It’s time for a belated Top Ten Tuesday post for those of you that don’t know this weekly theme was created by The Broke and The Bookish, in which they give us a topic or question and we come up with our top bookish answers. I am going to do last week’s topic. Top Ten things that makes me grab a book and crack it open. So let’s get started!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Magnets for Me to Pick up A Book

1. Anything with Wolves or Werewolves

Here are a few of the ones that have grabbed me, and most are my favorites. The first is on the top of the TBR at the moment!

2. Royals

Maybe I am a little cliche, with the every little girl being obsessed with being a princess, but I always have been obsessed with the ins and outs of royalty and how and why it works. The power, the betrayal, the love, and hell even the lust in some of these. I’m only human, right? ;P

3.  Fairies

The world and my library obviously need more of these books. Please leave me suggestions if you know any more books with these mythical creatures please leave me comments before.

4. Mythology

Anything with a god or a goddess will immediately perk my interest another instance where I need more recommendations. Help a girl in a reading slump out please.

5. A Female/Female Romance to Make Me Swoon

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst is still on my TBR so please no spoilers please. I wish I would’ve found more of these when I was younger it would have saved my heart and conscious more pain and worry than I can say. I am glad they are here for younger readers though now.

6. Twins or Triplets

I always felt that I was meant to be a twin… Or maybe I just desperately want to be one another subject I feel needs to be touched on more.

7. Magical Realism

The one thing I need more of in my life because it makes me feel like something more to life can happen.

8. Female Friendships

Because I hope and want these kind of relationships in my life and I feel like other girls should do.

9. Reincarnation

I just dream that I’ve lived more than one life, and having characters that have or live in a world that have make me happy

10.  Peter Pan Retellings

I need more of these and I haven’t gotten to read Alias Hook yet but it is on my TBR. Honestly I love these retellings because it’s been my favorite book and movie forever. These are the ones I will constantly gravitate to.

 

Anywho bookworms that’s it for today! What books do you gravitate towards. What are the words, themes, genres, subjects that make you grab or crave a book? Let me know down below maybe we could come up with suggestions for each other. Keep me company at work with your ideas because when this post goes up I will either be getting ready for work or there already. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week. I miss you all and happy reading!

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Looking Back: My Top 11 Books of 2016

Hey Bookworms!

 

I know this is a bit late, but never late than never right? So to start off I am glad to say goodbye to 2016 both it and 2015 made my life pretty hard, but I am still here right? Well most of the important parts of me are.

Now… I am not going to lie I am pretty scared of 2017 too. I am scared of where it is going to leave me, but at the very least I am hoping it will be a year of answers…

As much as there are moments I wish I could change myself, the greater part of me knows without my body it wouldn’t have led to my love of words or my imagination or even my understanding of more. I will forever be a girl that is more than just her shell but the wolf inside her as well. An alpha female leading through.

Okay readers enough with this ranting… I guess I wanted to get those words out of my head, but 2017 will be the year I don’t hold back. As for 2016 out of the 118 books I read, these are the ones that made my lostness more bearable. Now I didn’t reach my goal of 120, but 118 is better than I have ever done. So without further ado, here they are in no particular order (except really the order I read them in…)!

 

Top 10 Books of 2016 that Gave Me Hope

Teen Titans: Earth One #1 by Jeff Lemire (Writer), Terry Dodson (Penciler), Rachel Dodson (Inker), Cam Smith (Inker), Brad Anderson (Colourist), Jared K. Fletcher (Letterer)

Earth One Teen Titans

This was my first peek into DC and it really caught my attention not only were the images goregous, but the story line had me. I plan to buy book 2 one I get a little farther into my TBR. I am always up for more recommendations into the DC world if you’re feeling generous.

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

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Words cannot truly explain how much I really love this book. I finally felt a character I could relate to in Ling. The way her powers work are the way I feel free in my writing. It let me know that some authors are brave enough to tackle every kind of character and I am forever grateful in that.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

This book touched me and reminded me how books can bring us together and help us grow along with the people who read them. How people can open us up unexpectedly. This was one of my first reads of the year, but I definitely plan on rereading this book somewhere in my future.

Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler

Under the Lights

My love and pushiness of this book is endless. It was my heart and it would’ve saved me so much hurt when I was around 16. This book lets you know it’s okay to love who you love and need I say the kisses were amazing?! If you are curious to here more of raving on it click here to read my review

Tempestuous  by Lesley Livingston

Temptuous

Finishing this series helped me believe in love for the moment at least. The way Sonny and Kelley love made me want that connection to someone again and plus the way the author reads her own book for the audio book was one of my favorite narration of the year.

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

 The Book of Ivy

The plot twist and the feels in this book was one of the few books of the year to stir my emotions. I really loved how quick this pulled me in.

The Crown by Kiera Cass

The Crown

Although this isn’t my favorite cover (though my favorite dress) it was one of my favorite books of the year once I got to know Eady a bit better. I do recommend readers before reading this spin off watching The Young Victoria it definitely helped. I definitely liked who won this and how it ended.

Every Heart a Doorway by Sean McGuire

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The idea of this book and the magical realism it filled every part of my magical realism craving. I really am praying there is more to this series because I have more questions and need more hope.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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I want to implement the practices of this book and even buy a copy and read it again when I can’t find the energy to write. For every creative person this is a must read book!

The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern

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Is it really a surprise a Cecelia Ahern book made my list. I just wish this could really happen. I wish I could meet my life and see their state and have a little guidance in the right direction. For anyone who is feeling a little lost in life I definitely recommend this book!

The Wolf Boy is Mine by Yoko Nogiri

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Hands down renewed my love in manga! I can’t wait till the rest of this series comes out. This is the only one that is going to be the exception to my book buying ban because I can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

Well bookworms those are all the books that left a mark on me last year? Which books left a mark on you? Which are you too excited for the continue in the next year. Leave me links or just comment down below and let me know. I hope you are all having an amazing start to this new year! Happy Reading!

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Tag Thursday: The Pokemon Go Book Tag

Banners Created by Aentee Hey bookworms it’s me again! I just thought I’d try something a little different from my usual norm especially since I haven’t done a tag in forever, but the lovely Miss Aentee  created one that appealed … Continue reading

September Haul: Books, Movies, and More

Hey bookworms! I promise I will learn the swing of work and blogging soon. It’s just hard to be on the computer on my weekends, when that is what I do all day for work. Good news is I plan on getting glasses soon, so that  should make being on it for work and home easier.

But anywho I thought it would be fun to show one of the benefits of having a job. Which is treating myself to stuff like my addictions every once in a while. So here is what I treated myself to in September!

September Haul

The Books:

Saga Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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Citrus Volume 5 by Saburo Uto

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The Fangirl Life: A Guide to All the Feels and Learning How to Deal by Kathleen Smith

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There is an interesting story with these first three… Well not funny exactly I originally ordered copies of these in March, but they were shipped to my old address and never got forwarded… I hope who ever is living there is enjoying the books, so I had a coupon and decided to get them all over again. I am sure they are worth it though.

Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliot

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The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

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The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

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The Movies:

The Boy and the Beast

The Boy and the Beast

If you’re curious about this movie I did do a review on this movie which I gushed for… Here

The Intern

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What a Girl Wants/Chasing Liberty

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Raising Helen

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No Reservations

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Laws of Attraction

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Ramen Girl

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So if you haven’t figured it out I have a movie addiction on top of these movies I also bought a movie binder that holds 400 DVDs… Yeah I was a little bad, but most excluding the first were $10 and under! So no regrets… For now XD

&More:

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Lastly I bought this adorable and super soft Umbreon pillow pet at the Tokyo Discount store near my house. He is one of my favorite eeveelutions and I couldn’t resist buying him. Now if only they had an Espeon then I would have my favorite Pokemon Ship. May they will one day.

I’m doing good at savings, but sometimes when I’ve had a hard day at work small things such as books or movies on sale makes it a little better. Working at a call center isn’t easy as a first job, but it is teaching me skills I can carry to a job I feel passionate about. There are rough days, but there are also days where I really like my job. It is a stepping stone to what and where I want to be in life.

Have you read or watched any of these? What is your favorite pokemon? What do you indulge in when you’re feeling stressed. Let me know! I miss you all and now I am off to schedule some more posts for you all! Happy Reading and Watching!

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Friday Reads: 6/24/2016

Hey Bookworms! It’s time for me to do another sleepy post for you all, but I really also felt the need blog. It keeps me feeling productive even when I am having a very draining week. Anywho this post is … Continue reading

My June Book Haul!

Hey bookworms! Sorry for my lack of posting, but things have been looking up for me this month! I will share in July because I don’t want to jinx anything, but let’s just say it’s very good news. Normally book … Continue reading