Book Hauls

June 2020 Book Haul

Salutations Chapterlings! Hell has frozen over because I’m finally bringing a book haul after what seems like ages! Plus, the sunflowers are back to make posts a little bit brighter this summer. Now, these aren’t all the books. I’m still waiting on a few books to come in the mail. So I might loop those in with my July book haul (if I do a July book haul). However, I have received some amazing books and I have to shout-out a bunch of amazing people because some of these books wouldn’t have come into my possession without their help. So a huge thank you to Stephen Graham Jones, Taylor, Eliza, Michelle, Dani & Erin (who were champions for the all of us Indigenous book dragons), Isabella at thefeministbookworm, Donna from Momsbookcollection, and last but not least, my spouse! Make sure you go check all of these amazing people out. Without out them, some of these books wouldn’t have been possible and wouldn’t be on this list. I’m truly grateful and a feel very blessed to have met so many incredible people and have so many wonderful people in my corner who support me. So if they’re seeing this, thank you and I love you, so so much!

Now that I got emotional, I have to address something very serious before getting into the haul. It’s more of an announcement. Those who have been following me for a while probably know that my last book haul was from Book Outlet. I already made public statements on all my other social medias when everything had come to light, but this is me making an official announcement on my blog. I will no longer be doing any hauls from Book Outlet. I will not be supporting them any further. I have since unsubscribed from their mailing list and blocked their email. I refuse to support companies who choose to make statements and handle things the way they did. If you don’t know what happened, just go to Twitter and look everything up. I don’t want to allow anymore of them into my space than what I already have.

On that note, here is the haul. There’s a lot of amazing books by some amazing authors here and I hope that all of you take the time to look into the authors, pre-order some of these from your local bookstores, and just look into the books themselves. Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

๐ŸŒป NetGalley ARCS ๐ŸŒป

๐ŸŒป The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones | Review โญโญโญโญโญ

๐ŸŒป The Tea Dragon Tapestry (Tea Dragon #3) by Katie O’Neill | Review Coming Soon! โญโญโญโญโญ

๐ŸŒป Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro

๐ŸŒป More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood

๐ŸŒป The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen

๐ŸŒป Carry by Toni Jensen

๐ŸŒป Physical ARCS ๐ŸŒป

๐ŸŒป Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline

๐ŸŒป May Birthday Haul ๐ŸŒป

๐ŸŒป An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo

๐ŸŒป Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

๐ŸŒป Gifts from Friends ๐ŸŒป

๐ŸŒป A Breath Too Late by Rocky Callen

๐ŸŒป Purchased Myself ๐ŸŒป

๐ŸŒป A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole

๐ŸŒป A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2) by Alyssa Cole

๐ŸŒป Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals #2.5) by Alyssa Cole

๐ŸŒป Pillow Thoughts (Pillow Thoughts #1) by Courtney Peppernell

๐ŸŒป Running with Lions by Julian Winters

๐ŸŒป A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

๐ŸŒป The Wicker King (The Wicker King #1) by K. Ancrum

๐ŸŒป A Song of Wraiths and Ruin (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin #1) by Roseanne A. Brown

๐ŸŒป Purchased E-Books ๐ŸŒป

๐ŸŒป Meet Cute Club (Sweet Rose #1) by Jack Harbon

๐ŸŒป The Legend of the Golden Raven (The Wicker King #1.5) by K. Ancrum

Wow. Every time I look at these books I have received, I truly feel blessed and knowing that I have met some amazing people because of these books… absolutely priceless. I don’t think I say it enough, but I’m truly grateful for this community, for the connections I have made, and just… I truly feel blessed and I never thought all of this would happen. I know 2020 has been a wild year so far and I wanted to say for those of you who are still here, who enjoy my content, and allow me to be myself, I see you and I cherish you. I hope you enjoyed this book haul. I know it’s been a hot minuet since I did one, but I’m so glad that I was able to get this posted. How could I not post about this when so many individuals came together to make it possible. If any of these books caught your interest or if you want to hear my thoughts on any of these first, please let me know in the comments below. Until next time, stay safe, keep hydrated, I love you! ๐Ÿ’›



Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag 2020

Salutations Chapterlings! Yes, the theme has finally changed and brought back the sunflowers! Summer is in full bloom with never-ending heat, bees trying to sting my face, and the endless bumps on my skin that are bug bites. BUT! Despite all of this, I’m enjoying summer the best I can and I have been tagged by the lovely Lauren at Lala’s Book Reviews to do the Mid-Year Freak Out Tag! Can you believe we’re almost halfway through 2020? Where has the time gone?

So far this year has brought many hardships, many challenges, but I keep hoping that we’ll start to see change and something good will come out of everything happening in the world. Change is the only way for the world to grow for the future.

Anyway, if you’ve been following this blog, my social media platforms, then you know I’ve been very vocal about things happening in the world right now. And even though I’m getting back to a normal schedule and regular posting, I will continue to keep voicing those things on my platforms. As a quick recap, I have two blog posts that have specific links to help show support for the Black Community (Weekly Check-In & June 2020 TBR) and those posts don’t even scratch the surface. Please make sure you are signing petitions, using your voice and platforms, support Black authors and Black own businesses (like Black owned book stores), showing support and boosting the voices of Black LGBTQIAP+ organizations, etc… Things are far from over so please make sure you use your platforms and voices because that can bring about change.

Moving forward… I haven’t done a Mid-Year Freak Out in a really long, hot minute. So seeing Lauren tag me in this was like drinking a glass of ice cold water on a blistering hot summer day. And then it hit me. Have I had a good reading year so far? Did I read any books that I want to recommend to all the people? Where am I at with my goals, my personal challenges, etc…? Now, I get to unleash that chaos into this post.

๐ŸŒป Best book youโ€™ve read so far in 2020? ๐ŸŒป

This is a really hard answer. I had so many amazing reads so far for 2020 and I don’t know how to choose one. I think I’m going to choose Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert. I was completely blown away by this book. From the chronic pain and illness representation to the way the main character and love interest fell for one another, my heart was so full because of this book.

๐ŸŒป Best sequel youโ€™ve read so far in 2020? ๐ŸŒป

Hands down has to be Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa! I love The Shadow Fox trilogy (although I still need to read the third book in the series). I think I recommend this series to everyone all the time. I love it so, so much and I truly never stop talking about it.

๐ŸŒป New release you havenโ€™t read yet, but want to? ๐ŸŒป

I would have to pick Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon. This book sounds so sweet, so wholesome, and just a feel good time. This is a romance contemporary about two men who develop a slow burn romance for each other, but also brings back a slowly dying romance book club. Just do yourself a favor and read the whole synopsis because it sounds fantastic! Also, I believe a lot of his work is self-published. So if you haven’t picked this book up yet, go support this gentleman by purchasing his book and then tell me you bought this book so we can plan a buddy read!

๐ŸŒป Most anticipated release for the second part of the year? ๐ŸŒป

Okay, ya’ll knew this was coming! You had to know it was coming! Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas for the win! I have posted about Aiden reading parts of their book, I have screeched about this book from the highest points of my social media, and I’m pretty sure Aiden is on the verge of telling me to be quiet with how often I’m telling them they’re making me melt with the constant overflow of fan art of Yadriel and Julian. Seriously though, I’m so excited for this book and Aiden is just a total cinnamon roll. September can’t get here fast enough. Plus, Adri posted an amazing reading vlog on their YouTube channel about this book that ya’ll need to watch!

๐ŸŒป Biggest disappointment? ๐ŸŒป

I don’t think I’ve had one yet for this year. Keyword: yet. Most of the books that I’ve been reading haven’t gone lower than three stars, most recently the things I’ve been reading have been somewhere between four to five stars. I think the reason that my reading has been so good has been due to me really taking the time to ask myself these questions…

  • Does this synopsis sound like something I would really enjoy? If so, why do you think you would enjoy this or what elements stand out to you the most that’s similar with past books you’ve enjoyed?
  • Is this a book with diversity, ownvoices, or something you really feel drawn to or you’re excited to boost?
  • Have you read the reviews for this book? Have you talked with your trusted reviewers and friends? Have/has problematic content or issues been addressed or brought to attention? If so, do you still think this is a book to put your time and energy into?
  • What content and trigger warnings have been stated about this book? Are you in the right head space right now to read this book? If the answer is no, do your self-care and come back to this later.

Those are just some of the questions I’ve been asking myself recently when I’m purchasing books, making my tbrs, even when I’m pre-planning books I want to buy in the next year, I ask these questions and double check. I’m constantly editing, adding, or removing books based off these questions. Obviously, it’s not perfect and I’m sure there’s flaws, but this has really been helping improve my reading.

๐ŸŒป Biggest surprise? ๐ŸŒป

Oh gosh, did I mess up and state a book too early?! Okay, let me think… I think I’m going to have to say that it’s a tie between The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones and Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi.

The Only Good Indians for so many reasons! This book is probably going to hold a very special place in my heart for a very long time. I interviewed Stephen and it was a truly incredible experience. Also, reading this book, it chilled my bones. I haven’t read a horror novel that chilled me the way The Only Good Indians did in a really long time. The reading experience alone is something I won’t be able to shake for a long time. And while I’m not Blackfeet, I am Apache and as an Indigenous reviewer, having an arc of this book… I can’t express how honored I feel, how seen I feel, and how grateful I am.

Emergency Contact was a book I had on my backlist for the longest time. I never picked it up because so many reviewers said they didn’t like it. Out of all my friends and all my trusted reviewers, only two seemed to enjoy it. So I was really hesitant to pick it up. So when the Backlist Readathon happened, I used this as an opportunity take a leap of faith and finally read it. It was so good. I can understand why many readers struggled with it, but to me, it felt like two very real teens struggling with their own issues. I have no idea why I put it off for so long.

๐ŸŒป Rereads this year? ๐ŸŒป

The only books I reread for 2020 has been the InnBoons Boro trilogy by Nora Roberts. I promise I’m working on an overall series review because so many of you want to hear my thoughts on it as a whole. But I will link my review for each book down below.

๐ŸŒป Newest fictional crush? ๐ŸŒป

Surprisingly, I haven’t found one yet. Keyword: yet. I have some theories on which books may hold a new fictional crush, but right now, those books aren’t on my radar at the moment.

๐ŸŒป Newest favorite character? ๐ŸŒป

Ooooooohhhhh… this is a hard one. I’m going to go with… Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles. I loved the side characters and our main three characters. Okay wait, when I refer to side characters, I’m talking the circus crew and Aros because they were fantastic. Even the wonderful and mysterious reporter we get introduced to near the end of the book, I loved her. It’s just a colorful cast and if you haven’t pre-ordered this book yet, please do so!

๐ŸŒป Book that made you cry? ๐ŸŒป

Go read my review for The Sound of Stars. That’s all I have to say on that because just thinking about it, I’m getting a bit emotional.

๐ŸŒป Book that made you happy? ๐ŸŒป

Despite the emotional moments in this book, I loved this book with my whole heart and it makes me so happy! If you haven’t read Check Please!, Book 2: Sticks & Stones yet, please change that right now!

๐ŸŒป Favorite book to film adaptation? ๐ŸŒป

Sooooo… I don’t watch a lot of t.v. or movies… I think the last movie I watched was last year during the summer when my family was visiting…

๐ŸŒป Most beautiful cover youโ€™ve bought this year (or received)? ๐ŸŒป

Hands down, this award goes to A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown! The synopsis sounds amazing and I’ve heard nothing but good reviews for this book. On top of it the cover is STUNNING!

๐ŸŒป What books do you need to read by the end of they year? ๐ŸŒป

All of them. Literally all of them because they all sound amazing and some of them are part of series that I need to finish, but I can’t read that fast and I get burnout so quickly. Or worse, my mental health will take a nose dive and then I have to claw my way out of the reading slump void to get back into reading.

๐ŸŒป Favorite post that you have done this year? ๐ŸŒป

๐ŸŒป Favorite book community members? ๐ŸŒป

I have so, so many! So here’s a small list of some of them!

๐ŸŒป Tagging: ๐ŸŒป

Anyone who wants to do this and that includes the lovely souls above!

Okay, readers! I think those are all the questions (unless I missed some)! I had such a fun time answering these questions and some of them were so hard to chose answers for. Please feel free to tell me in the comments below if you have a Mid-Year Freak Out post so I can go check it out. Until next time, may you stay healthy, keep hydrated, stay safe, I love you! ๐Ÿ’›



Weekly Check-In | Life, Reading, & Updates

Salutations Chapterlings! I hope you’ve been able to kick June off with a great start! You may have noticed that this blog post is going to be a little bit different compared to what I usually do. I’m going to start doing check-ins or weekly updates to kind of give you an idea of where I’m lurking, hibernating, etc… If you noticed, I haven’t really posted much of anything recently on my blog except for one article. Now, I know some of you don’t like lengthy posts and I apologize, but this is going to be a lengthy post. I’m breaking it down into three sections and hopefully that will make the navigation a little easier. So, without any further delays and my ramblings, let’s get into this update.


Let’s talk about what’s happening in the world. I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep fighting, to keep educating, to keep standing up against injustice. If you’ve been living under a rock, let me catch you up… There have been many protests happening in the United States, but also globally because the death of George Floyd was the last straw for the black community. Police brutality and racism has been a huge problem in the Untied States for a long time and things need to change, they have to change. I have stated where I stand with everything, I support the black lives matter movement and if that’s a problem, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. I don’t have any space for you, your hatred and racism in my space. With that being said, I’m going to list some links below where you can actually help and start making a difference. As I said, this fight isn’t over and there is always something more that we can do to be better.

โžก๏ธ Ways to Help

โžก๏ธ Black Owned Book Stores to Support

โžก๏ธ Amazing Black Booktubers to Support

โžก๏ธ Black Artists to Support

โžก๏ธ Black Owned Businesses to Support

โžก๏ธ Official George Floyd Memorial Fund

โžก๏ธ Official Justice for David McAtee Fund

โžก๏ธ Help Rebuild Mpls Scores Sports Bar

โžก๏ธ Help Rebuild Minneapolis Native Organization MIGIZI

โžก๏ธ Petition: Justice for George Floyd

โžก๏ธ Petition: Charge Minneapolis Police

โžก๏ธ Petition: Justice for David McAtee

โžก๏ธ Petition: Justice for Cameron Green

โžก๏ธ More Petitions to Sign

โžก๏ธ More Places to Donate

โžก๏ธ A Guide to Anti-Racist Resources

I also wanted to take a moment to link some black content creators as well. Some of these content creators I recently discovered and some of them I’ve been following for a good bit now. I can’t express how important it is to support black content creators and give them a voice in the book community. I need this community to stop sleeping on how delightful, creative, and inspiring these wonderful souls are and uplift their voices!

โžก๏ธ Starlah from StarlahReads

โžก๏ธ Monte from itsmonteprice

โžก๏ธ Naya from NayaReadsandSmiles

โžก๏ธ Jeese from Bowties & Books

โžก๏ธ Mina from Mina Reads

โžก๏ธ Chanelle from chanelletime

โžก๏ธ India from Life Is A Page Turner

โžก๏ธ Jocelynn from JocelynnReads

โžก๏ธ Myonna from myonna reads

โžก๏ธ Kayla from Books and Blends

โžก๏ธ Capri from Capri’sBookIsland

โžก๏ธ Neka Marie from Neeks

โžก๏ธ Njeri from ONYX Pages

โžก๏ธ Marines from mynameismarines

โžก๏ธ Bee from Bee But Bookish

โžก๏ธ Christina from Christina Marie

โžก๏ธ Ness from Vanessa W. or HollowMoonReads

Go check out these creators! They are so talented, so inspiring, and full of passion. Please note, these are just content creators for the book community. If you would like to see a separate list of black gaming and cosplay creators then please let me know and then I can send you some links.


So let’s just address it right off. For starters, I always like to be open with all of you, as much as I can be anyway. I kind of disappeared for a hot minute for multiple reasons. The easiest way to put things is having a five year long, toxic friendship that was fully consuming my time for the past three-four weeks. I wasn’t reading, I wasn’t happy, I was spending large amount of time dealing with phone calls, and then once the world caught fire, and I started to be very vocal about my views and where I stand, this person really showed their true self and tried to gaslight me for my own opinions and stance. I’m very open about this in reviews, but I want to say it here. I have suffered many experiences with abuse and toxic relationships, because of those experiences, I try immensely hard to keep that out of my space, nor will I allow it to stop me from standing up for what’s right. However, it was a really draining experience and yes, it took me a hot minute to analyze everything to connect what was really going on, but nothing is worse than considering someone a friend for so long and then to find out who they really were in such a horrible way. So, I kind of retreated into myself to allow myself to heal and in a way, wipe the memories of that person and chalk it up as another lesson. After all of that happened, I then ended up burning my whole right leg. So I’ve been laid up and tending to my burn wounds. Don’t ask, it was a moment of chaos and stupidity. But that’s kind of where I’ve been and what’s been happening in my personal life.


I’ve actually been doing fantastic at reading. I do have a stack of books that I need to review, but for my June TBR, I’ve already completed two books. Most recently, I finished The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow. It was an absolute fantastic book. I physically read it and listened to it on audio. Both were fantastic and I will die on the hill that is Ellie and Moris! I also finished Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire. I absolutely loved this! A lot of it revolved around Sumi and my heart was just so full from it all. I also started reading Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert about a day or two ago and I swear, this book will be the end of me. It’s so good and I’m having a fantastic time reading it. So that’s where my reading has been at.

I also received a few arcs from NetGalley. I will most likely be starting one of them this month just due to the fact that it comes out in July and I like to be an over-achiever with making sure I have things done on time. Now, I would tell you the arcs I received, but why spoil all the fun.


So this is just a sections about the things I have planned or in the works at the moment. Hopefully you’ll be seeing these things soon, but there are two things that are kind of a secret, at least for right now. Just know that these are coming during the month of July. I’ve said it a few times already, but July is going to be a busy month for me.

What’s happening first? For starters you’re going to see a bit of a change in my Instagram theme. To keep my feed a little more inspired and interesting. I wanted to start this change sooner, but it just didn’t happen the way I wanted it to. So starting in July, I’ll be using a shorter, fuzzy grey background when I take photos. This will last from July to the end of September where I’ll then switch off to a darker theme for the fall/winter season. You’ll also see the sunflower theme making a comeback on this blog. I know, I know. I’ve gotten a few followers asking me when the sunflowers are coming back. Starting in July all the way to the end of September, the sunflowers will return!

Actually, I guess this was the real first change, I am no longer subscribed to Book of the Month. Nor will I be purchasing books from BookOutlet anymore. Both of these companies have really shown where they stand with their customers with how they’re handling the black lives matter movement and just how they’re choosing to respond in general. I just refuse to support companies who refuse to professionally respond to their consumer base, silence black consumers, and who choose racist wording. If you want more details, just look on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll find all you need to know. It’s just one giant mess and the people who were wronged and hurt because of these companies deserve better.

The next thing is obviously reviews. We all know I haven’t posted a review in a hot second, but I promise that’s going to change. I plan on getting photos taken and reviews drafted this weekend. I’m a little behind because all that has happened in my personal life. So I’ll be catching up on those this weekend. Hopefully, I can actually get ahead of some of the reviews.

I’ll also have a book haul for the end of this month. Okay, I know and I’m sorry. I haven’t done a book haul in ages, but it will return this June because I’m planning on placing two big orders this month. There are a few books that I need to get because I really, really want to support these authors in any way I can. They’ll also be purchased from some indie bookstores (the ones near me are still closed, sad day!) that have been recommended to me from some of my lovely friends.

Okay, readers! That wraps everything up for updates, life, and the things that will hopefully be coming soon. I know there’s a lot happening in the world right now and I know it took me a hot minute to feel confident in posting this check-in, but we have to keep lifting up the voices of the black community right now. As I said above, go check out all of the links for the ways to can support, help, and go check out the content creators who I listed above. Trust me, those aren’t all of them. There are so many more black content creators that deserve the spotlight as well. So please continue to support the black community, continue to check in with black content creators and your black friends, and keep lifting their voices up. I hope you liked this little update. Let me know in the comments below your thoughts, if you want to keep seeing these updates, and recommendations, and even tell me some of the things you want to see in the future. Until next time friends, may you all continue to fight for what’s right, uplift the voices who need it the most, stay safe and healthy, I love you. ๐Ÿ’•



10 Books Paired with 10 Matching Songs

Before I get into this article, I want to thank Marie from Drizzle & Hurricane Books for her own article, Pairing 10 books I recommend with 10 songs I love, for inspiring this article! Make sure you check her blog out and the amazing articles she writes!

Salutations Chapterlings! I wanted to do something a tad bit different compared to what I usually do. You’ve seen me make dedicated playlists for various books, but you haven’t seen me recommend a single song for specific books. So below, I have chosen ten books and ten pairing songs. You may dance, you might laugh, you might feel a little nostalgic, and some you may end up crying. No matter what, I hope you will enjoy these books and these matching songs.

๐ŸŽถ Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa ๐ŸŽถ

I love this series with my whole heart and soul. From the characters to the mythology, I love every piece of this series and I can’t recommend it enough. So would you be surprised if I told you that the only way to read this series is to listen to the Memoirs of a Geisha soundtrack? I couldn’t choose only one song and since it feels like I’m recommending the whole trilogy, well… you just need to go listen to the soundtrack as you read!

๐ŸŽถ Check Please! by Ngozi Ukazu ๐ŸŽถ

This duology is just my whole heart and soul. I love the way Bitty and Jack come together, the way they love each other, the way they handle the challenges that face them, and it just turns my heart into a giant puddle. And only one song came to mind when I decided to feature this graphic novel duology, You Are the Reason (Duet Version) by Calum Scott feat. Leona Lewis. Every time I hear this song, I instantly think of Check Please and everything these two graphic novels talk about, the romance, the way they’re friends and teammates support one another, and just…everything. This duology is everything!

๐ŸŽถ Heartstopper by Alice Oseman ๐ŸŽถ

Who doesn’t know about Heartstopper by now? Just like the duology before, this is a series that I love with my whole heart especially because of the way bisexual representation is shown in this graphic novel series. But I also love the way this series tackles so many important topics like homophobia and learning about one’s sexuality. And even though I love all of these things equally, I really love the way Charlie and Nick come together. It’s so wholesome, so realistic, and my heart just melts when I think about it. So I had to, I absolutely have to recommend Can’t Help Falling In Love by Haley Reinhart. I love how perfectly this song matches to Charlie and Nick falling in love, becoming a couple, and just them being together. What can I say? I’m a die hard romantic.

๐ŸŽถ There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool ๐ŸŽถ

Of course I had to put this book on this list! This made my top books for 2019, this book has it’s own playlist, and I am dying to get my hands on an arc of the next book in this series! I love these characters, I love the world building, and I loved how it was so easy for me to fall deep into the story line. Bonus, this has multiple povs and I never, ever rave about a book that has more than two povs. And to pair this book with a song that’s outside of the playlist I have already created, well… Born For This by The Score is the perfect choice! This is a song that’s sure to get your blood pumping as you read about these five main character with an intertwined destiny and a prophecy to fulfill.

๐ŸŽถ Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco ๐ŸŽถ

Oh ho, it’s time to talk about one of my all time favorite series! A series is which I still need to finish, but that’s besides the point! I love this series, I love Audrey Rose, Thomas Cresswell is bae, and each book’s world building sucks me in immediately. It’s no surprise that Kerri Maniscalco is an auto-buy author for me and it’s all thank you my spouse when they gifted me Stalking Jack the Ripper one morning. And if I had to choose one song to pair with this series, I would have to choose Revelation by Abel Korzeniowski. With the setting of each book, this is a perfect song to help enrich the chills you’ll experience as you read each book. I really love it and it’s from one of my favorite television series.

๐ŸŽถ The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum ๐ŸŽถ

Okay, I promise I won’t get too emotional and sappy. Oh god, I love this book so much for so many reasons. This is one of my favorite reads for 2020 and I’m still not over it. Every time I think of this book, my heart ignites with so many feelings. Plus, there’s so many themes involving space! Now, it might be a little cliche, but the song that reminds me of this book the most is Vanilla Twilight by Owl City. I know, it’s a total throwback song, but it makes me think about so many things this book deals with. From space, relationships, and friendships, this book fits perfectly with the constant theme of family and love.

๐ŸŽถ How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow ๐ŸŽถ

Yup, I’m going to make you feel all the emotions with this this book and song recommendation. This was the first book I ever wrote a review for on this blog and it was the first book that I cried the whole way through in a long, long time. I’m not going to lie, this book wrecked me in so many ways, but I have to talk about this book. I feel that this book isn’t talked about enough in the book community and it’s a greatly underrated book. In case you didn’t get the hint, this is me telling you to go read this book… and we should have a conversation about the whole thing! But while you’re reading this book, I can’t recommend the pairing song, Heart by Sleeping At Last. It’s no secret that Sleeping At Last is one of my favorite bands to listen to, but this particular song of their’s fits so well with the atmosphere, the constant change in emotions, and learning to find your place with a family member you don’t know much about.

๐ŸŽถ Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday ๐ŸŽถ

I recently finished the audiobook and I can already tell I’m going to love this whole series. I’m still finalizing my review, but oh, this book is so good. I love how this book shows what it means to explore your sexuality, learning what it means to truly try before dismissing something or someone, and the slow burn is so, so good. This book also explores what it means to try to overcome bad relationships and really shows the reality that things are easier said than done. Aside from the romance, there’s also a character in this book who is visually impaired and I think the representation was well done. This is just an all around great book that I really enjoyed. Still kicking myself in the butt for not picking this up sooner. But you need a song recommendation and I can’t think of better song than Deep Blue by The Midnight. This song describes our main character, Theo, absolutely perfectly and how he learns about his sexuality, his desires, and eventually, him coming to the realization that he loves the main love interest.

๐ŸŽถ Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles ๐ŸŽถ

I absolutely had to include this book! First anticipated release of 2020 to be five stars and it has so many themes similar to Phantom of the Opera and Moulin Rouge. I absolutely loved this book. I’m still thinking about it, still spamming my friends whenever I get the chance about this book, and counting down the days until the next book is released. I loved the characters, the world building, and mystery of it all. So naturally when I was thinking about a perfect song to pair with this book, I instantly thought of Just Like Fire by Pink. What better song to give you a glimpse at how headstrong, ambitious, and spectacular our main character truly is!

๐ŸŽถ Sadie by Courtney Summers ๐ŸŽถ

I have debated for hours if I wanted to add this book onto this list. Yes, yes I do. I read this book in 2019 and wrote a pretty emotional, heavy review for it. We’re now in 2020, this book is always on my mind, I carry a piece of this book with me and this book a piece of myself. I would champion this book so hard, if only you knew. If you haven’t heard of this book before, I don’t want to spoil anything for you. I will say that this book is a letter from all the victims of molestation and rape who never had their story told, never received justice for their suffering. So, I will leave the only song I can recommend to pair with this book. How To Save a Life cover by Boyce Avenue

Okay, friends! I may have gone a little soft, a little sappy, and shared a piece of my heart with all of you. I really, really cherish that book though. Who am I kidding, I cherish all of these books! They wouldn’t be on this list if I didn’t love them in some way. If you haven’t checked out any of these books yet then you definitely need to change that. Each one is so amazing in their own way. Please, feel free to tell me in the comments below about the books and song pairings that you have. Until next time, please continue to stay safe, stay healthy, I love you! ๐Ÿ’•


Monthly TBR

Early May 2020 TBR | Asian Readathon

The Asian Readathon is a month long readathon, for the month of May to celebrate Asian Heritage Month, made by Cindy @readwithcindy. It is a readathon where the participants read Asian books. The challenges are simple and it is a fun way to get to know about the Asian culture. The 2020 Announcement Video is available on their channel!

This year’s challenges are as followed:

๐Ÿฎ Read any book by an Asian author.

๐Ÿฎ Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who you can relate to. Ex: If youโ€™re an immigrant you can read about an immigrant character; if youโ€™re a woman you can read a book by another woman; etc.

๐Ÿฎ Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who is different from you. Ex: If youโ€™re straight you can read about a queer character; if youโ€™re Japanese you can read a book by a Vietnamese author; etc.

๐Ÿฎ Read a book recommended by an Asian. Ex: Watch an Asian booktuberโ€™s recommendations video; ask your Asian friend what book best represents them; have an Asian friend choose between 2 books on your TBR; etc.

๐Ÿฎ OPTIONAL: Read โ€œLittle Fires Everywhereโ€ by Celeste Ng and participate in the Little Fires Readalong and the Little Fires Watchalong

If you still need more information, then click HERE!

You can also follow the Twitter account HERE!

Salutations Chapterlings! This is going to be one long post! So you better buckle up and prepare for a wild ride of a time! I have been planning, plotting, and hoarding books for the month of May. If you think I’m kidding, well you’ll just have to wait to see my list. Before we get to that list, let me recommend a few books that I enjoyed that are perfect for the Asian Readathon. I also want to recommend that you try to support small book stores and authors as much as possible during these hard times. It’s so important that we all support one another and I’m a firm believer of supporting small businesses. Each of the titles will be linked to IndieBound and I also want to recommend checking out Scribd because they are having a 30 day free trial happening. Not going to lie, I’ve been using the daylights out of it and I can’t recommend it enough! Now, onto the recommendations!

๐ŸฎMy Recommendations๐Ÿฎ

๐ŸฎDragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee๐Ÿฎ

Dragon Pearl Review

๐ŸฎWicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco๐Ÿฎ

Wicked As You Wish Review

๐ŸฎShadow of the Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa๐Ÿฎ

Shadow of the Fox Review

Shadow of the Fox Playlist

๐ŸฎLove from A to Z by S.K. Ali๐Ÿฎ

Love from A to Z Review

๐ŸฎStargazing by Jen Wang๐Ÿฎ

Stargazing Review

๐ŸฎMy Brother’s Husband, Volume 1 by Gengoroh Tagame๐Ÿฎ

My Brother’s Husband Review

๐ŸฎMy TBR๐Ÿฎ

๐ŸฎSoul of the Sword (Shadow of the Fox #2) by Julie Kagawa๐Ÿฎ

๐Ÿฎ Written by an Asian author.

๐Ÿฎ Features an Asian character who is different from me.

๐Ÿฎ Recommended to me by SO MANY people!

๐ŸฎNight of the Dragon (Shadow of the Fox #3) by Julie Kagawa๐Ÿฎ

๐Ÿฎ Written by an Asian author (I really love this author, if you couldn’t tell).

๐Ÿฎ Features an Asian character who is different from me.

๐ŸฎHungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love by Elsie Chapman & Caroline Tung Richmond๐Ÿฎ

๐Ÿฎ Literally fits all the challenges!

๐ŸฎLuna and the Moon Rabbit by Camillie Whitcher๐Ÿฎ

๐Ÿฎ Written by an Asian author!

๐Ÿฎ Features an Asian character different from me!

๐ŸฎThe Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World #1) by Rin Chupeco๐Ÿฎ

๐Ÿฎ Fits every single challenge!

๐Ÿฎ Recommended by Meltotheany!

๐ŸฎWicked Fox (Gumiho #1) by Kat Cho๐Ÿฎ

๐Ÿฎ Written by an Asian author.

๐Ÿฎ Asian character that’s different from me.

๐Ÿฎ Recommended by SO DAMN MANY friends!

๐ŸฎLoveboat, Taipei (Loveboat, Taipei #1) by Abigail Hing Wen๐Ÿฎ

๐Ÿฎ All I have to say is…ALL CHALLENGES!

Okay, okay! I’ll stop for now, but I think you can see that not only do I have a lot of books I want to read for this readathon, but I also have so many recommendations! This isn’t even scratching the surface of it all! I have a huge stack of books to choose from! Nonetheless, I am super excited for May to hurry up and get here so I can start reading all of these books. In the meantime, let me know in the comments below if you’re participating and what books you plan to read, or come tell me if you read any of the books I have listed above. Until next time, here’s to another month of good reading ahead, I love you! ๐Ÿ’•



Social Distance Book Fest Tag

Salutations Chapterlings! I mentioned this before in my Authors to Support during Self-Isolation article, but I am one of the many hard workers helping with the Social Distance Book Fest! There are so many incredible people coming together to put this together with Bethany from Beautifully Bookish Bethany spear-heading this whole entire event. If you haven’t checked out the event yet, make sure you check out all of our social media links; Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr! Now, without any further delays, let’s tackle this book tag and spill my answers for these amazing questions!

๐ŸŒผ Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction & Historical Suspense: Share a book with great world building ๐ŸŒผ

This is probably one of my most favorite books that has amazing world building! I remember when I was reading this book, I was constantly holding my breath and I swear, I could almost feel the atmosphere wrapping around me.

Every Heart A Doorway Review

๐ŸŒผ Tackling Consent, Gender, and Toxic Masculinity in Romance: Share a book with enthusiastic consent ๐ŸŒผ

Many romance books do this, but I could think of no better book! Not only does this book show positive consent between a man raised to treat women right and a widowed mother of three, but it also shows toxic masculinity and having a toxic person who uses misogynistic language to justify their actions, trying to shove their way into your life.

The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1) Review

๐ŸŒผ So You Want to Start a Booktube Channel: Offer one piece of advice for aspiring book tubers ๐ŸŒผ

I will tell you the exact thing that was told to me when I express interest when I wanted to start my channel. Let go of the fear and just do it! I could sit here and tell you a whole list of things like be consistent, talk to people, etc… but you shouldn’t let fear hold you back from starting something you want to do or love to do. I held back from making my channel, my blog, my bookstagram because I had this fear of being unaccepted, being made an outcast, people attacking me for sharing my opinions and my love for the things I love, being hated for being myself and I reached a point where I just did it. It was the most liberating thing I did. When I let go of that fear, when I allowed myself to breathe and allowed myself to be myself, I made a place for myself in the book community and I’m really proud of it. I have made so many wonderful friends in this community, have had so many opportunities, and that would have never happened if I never let go of the fear. Besides, the best way to learn and let people hear what you have to say is to just start. I think that’s the best advice I can give to anyone who wants to get started in the book community or branch out past their perch.

๐ŸŒผ From Boys in Outer Space to Magical Girls & Guillotines: Queer Voices in Science Fiction & Fantasy: Share a favorite sci-fi or fantasy book with queer representation ๐ŸŒผ

I kicked off the new year by reading The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum and what a book it is. I love this book with every fiber of my soul, my being, my whole heart and I’ll never be over it. There’s amazing lgbtqiap representation in this book and if I could, I would put this book in every person’s hands.

The Weight of the Stars Review

๐ŸŒผ Beyond Stephen King: New Frontiers in Horror: Share a creepy book written by a woman, a person of color, or someone from the LGBTQIA+ community ๐ŸŒผ

If we’re being honest, I haven’t read a lot of creepy books. I was originally going to state Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez, but then I started to remember what that book did to me and then I said, “Nope, not today Satan!” So I chose Wilder Girls by Rory Power. Not only is this book written by a female author, but there’s plenty of body horror and lgbtqiap representation within this book. It wasn’t necessarily a creepy read for me, however, it is classified as a ya horror novel.

Wilder Girls Review

๐ŸŒผ Fierce Femmes: Standing Your Ground: Share a book with a fierce female protagonist. ๐ŸŒผ

Let me just say this, I already love this book as a whole. However, my love for Ephyra in this book is an undying flame and what she chooses to do so she can save her sister, is my whole soul. She is a character who I still vividly remember after all this time since reading this arc in 2019. She is fierce, loyal, and would take any measure to protect the ones she loves.

There Will Come A Darkness (The Age of Darkness #1) Review

๐ŸŒผ Navigating Latinx Identity in Fantasy: Share a fantasy book with Latinx representation ๐ŸŒผ

Although I still need to reread Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore, this author has a beautiful way of writing their books and bringing to life a story-line full of life. I think Anna-Marie McLemore is an author that deserves a little more boost for the worlds she creates. I’m currently hoping to pick up When the Moon was Ours soon!

๐ŸŒผ Family, Friendship, & Determination in Middle Grade Fiction: Share a middle grade book with a great family or friend group ๐ŸŒผ

I debated so hard on this and I think I’m going to include two answers to this question. For starters, the obvious choice for me was The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I remember reading that book in middle school, watching the movie and absolutely loving it! Not to mention, this is a group of friends that would ‘ride or die’ for one another and that’s kind of my own policy with my friends and family. So it hits a special place in my heart!

The second recommendation I have is Pax by Sara Pennypacker. I haven’t heard many readers talk about this book in the book community. However, this is a book that is sure to give you The Fox and the Hound vibes. This is a book that left me in puddles of tears and this is a friendship that’s sure to make any reader appreciate their furry companions.

Pax Review

๐ŸŒผ New Voices in YA Panels (SFF and contemporary): Share an upcoming release that you canโ€™t wait to get your hands on! ๐ŸŒผ

This is the absolute hardest thing to answer! I’m just going to send you to THIS ARTICLE!

๐ŸŒผ From Sherlock Holmes to Veronica Mars: Variations in the Mystery/Thriller Genre: Share a favorite mystery or thriller! ๐ŸŒผ

I just recently read The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! and fell absolutely in love with it! I mean, I always love The Adventure Zone, but this book has to be my favorite so far! I love a good murder mystery (probably why I love Clue so much) and this was so much fun, so intense, and an all around great time. If you’re a fan of adventure/mystery books, then you should pick these books up!

๐ŸŒผ Identity Formation & Deconstruction in Adult Fiction: Share a book that deals with identity in a positive or negative way. ๐ŸŒผ

Okay, I have two answers for this one as well! For starters, Mooncakes by Wendy Xu & Suzanne Walker is fantastic. We see two young teens navigating how they feel about one another and the representation in this graphic novel is absolutely fantastic!

I also want to add the Check Please books to this mix because there’s so many positive moments of coming out to friends, falling in love and developing a relationship, and then in book two, there’s so many good moments as well. So I can’t just pick one, it has to be both books!

Check Please! Book One Review

Check Please! Book Two Review

๐ŸŒผ Social Distance Book Fest: Share a bright spot from the past few weeks! A book you read, a moment of self-care, something that made you laugh etc. ๐ŸŒผ

I have been reading so much this month and I’m honestly surprised. The first few months of 2020 felt like such a hard hit especially to my reading and now I’m reading so many books that I’m trying to catch up on reviews. But the thing that makes me so happy about all this, I’m enjoying reading and despite being sick with some type of flu, I have really been enjoying myself. I just feel really happy right now, in this moment and with the things I’m doing. Plus, I found the music video I have been trying to hunt down for months!

Okay, friends! Those are all the questions for the Social Distance Book Fest Tag! I hope you all enjoyed my answers and I hope you all are making plans to join in the fun on Saturday, April 25th, 2020! Let me know down in the comments below if you’re attending the Social Distance Book Fest or if you did the tag as well, let me know so I can check out your answers! I will also leave all the questions down below as well as Bethany’s tag video so youcan also participate in this wonderful tag! Until next time, I hope you enjoy all the bookish magic on Saturday, I love you! ๐Ÿ’•

๐ŸŒผ Bethany’s Social Distance Book Fest Tag Video


1. Worldbuilding in Speculative Fiction & Historical Suspense: Share a book with great world building
2. Tackling Consent, Gender, and Toxic Masculinity in Romance: Share a book with enthusiastic consent
3. So You Want to Start a Booktube Channel: Offer one piece of advice for aspiring book tubers
4. From Boys in Outer Space to Magical Girls & Guillotines: Queer Voices in Science Fiction & Fantasy: Share a favorite sci-fi or fantasy book with queer representation
5. Beyond Stephen King: New Frontiers in Horror: Share a creepy book written by a woman, a person of color, or someone from the LGBTQIA+ community
6. Fierce Femmes: Standing Your Ground: Share a book with a fierce female protagonist.
7. Navigating Latinx Identity in Fantasy: Share a fantasy book with Latinx representation 8. Family, Friendship, & Determination in Middle Grade Fiction: Share a middle grade book with a great family or friend group
9. New Voices in YA Panels (SFF and contemporary): Share an upcoming release that you canโ€™t wait to get your hands on!
10. From Sherlock Holmes to Veronica Mars: Variations in the Mystery/Thriller Genre: Share a favorite mystery or thriller!
11. Identity Formation & Deconstruction in Adult Fiction: Share a book that deals with identity in a positive or negative way.
12. Social Distance Book Fest: Share a bright spot from the past few weeks! A book you read, a moment of self-care, something that made you laugh etc.



A Few Things I’m Enjoying in Self-Isolation

Salutations fellow readers! It’s hard to imagine that we’re almost half-way through the month of April and being in self-isolation. I haven’t talked about it much, but we did have a huge scare here and thankfully, everything is fine now. However, at the time I can honestly say that my mental health took a nose-dive. It was terrifying and as careful as my spouse and I are, the reality was a force that shook my core. We’re all fine now and we’re both in better mental states, but those two and a half weeks were scary. Otherwise, we’re doing exercising when we can, eating lots of salads and possibly have a fridge full of ice cream, and we have been power watching Star Trek together. I dance around in the kitchen listening to The Midnight and my spouse deep dives into playing The Forest. It’s a win, win for the both of us. But I wanted to talk about some of the things that have been keeping me happy, sane, and just some things that have really helped bring my mental health back from the wild trip it nearly went on. I also want to say that there is one item on this list that was a gift and I am in no means telling anyone to go and purchase this item. This item is something my spouse had purchased for me because my mental health declined so rapidly and they hated watching me unravel and being unable to do anything about it. So I just wanted to make you aware of that before you come across it. Anyway, I think I jabbered long enough. So lets’ get into the little things I’m enjoying during isolation!

๐ŸŒธ Miracle Forest ASMR videos ๐ŸŒธ

You can also find more of my favorite ASMR rooms and more of Miracle Forest on my Favorite ASMR Playlist!

๐ŸŒธ The Forest ๐ŸŒธ

I mentioned this up top about my spouse, but I’d be lying if I said it was just my spouse. My spouse, one of my dear friends, and I have been playing The Forest. It’s a survivalist game and it’s pretty intense. Regardless, we’ve been having a lot of fun, we just started a new game, and we finally established a base. If you’re a gamer, like myself, and you enjoy survivalist games then you definitely want to check this out. The atmosphere is amazing, the overall story makes you crave knowledge, and the battling can be really intense. I do caution those who have anxiety when playing this game because it really heightens the anxiety and yes, I have stepped away from this game a few times due to my anxiety spiraling. But I truly enjoy the game and I think many will. If you haven’t heard of this game yet.

๐ŸŒธ Spirithoods Faux Fur Galaxy Tiger Throw ๐ŸŒธ

Remember when I told you about that gift my spouse got me? Yeah, this is the gift. I have been a huge supporter of SpiritHoods for a long time and I have a few specific pieces of their’s that I use as part of my LARPing costumes. I have even been supporting the non-profits that they donate to for longer than I’ve know SpiritHoods. If you want to know more about them then I will refer you to the About SpiritHoods page. And that’s where I leave that! But I am truly grateful for my spouse and them recognizing when I was in turmoil because I didn’t even know it until they had said something. So this is just a really special gift and I’ve kind of been a burrito inside this blanket since it arrived.

๐ŸŒธ Obviously Books ๐ŸŒธ

My reading has had weird fluxes as of recently, but I’m reading a lot more than I anticipated. And since we’re in April, I have to admit that I have a lot going on in April reading wise. Firstly, I have a buddy read starting this week. Secondly, I am participating in the Stay Home Reading Rush that’s taking place from April 16th-19th. So we’ll see how well that goes! I’ve also been vlogging…A LOT. I’m very surprised with how big a desire there is to vlog and read right now. It’s insane and I’m genuinely shocked that I want to. So it’s an interesting time for me right now. With how busy I am in my personal life, the desire to read and vlog is just at a high right now. I’m also reading an arc of Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles and I am loving it so far! So if you have NetGalley, I believe this is a free read and you should go snag it!

๐ŸŒธ One special corgi ๐ŸŒธ

For those who don’t know, I have a corgi and he is the goodest bean. He’s also been a really great comfort and has been my reading, blogging, and napping buddy. He’s actually snuggled up with me right now as I type this post. He’s just the best and he deserved his own mention!

๐ŸŒธ Book Sleeves ๐ŸŒธ

I always say how much I love supporting small businesses. Well, I have been and my recent obsession has been book sleeves. I get my book sleeves from three small businesses and so I’m going to list them here in case you need a new book sleeve too!

๐ŸŒธ Cluttergirl Designs

๐ŸŒธ EnchantedExtrasbyBri

๐ŸŒธ CreatedbyRae

Okay, friends! Those are just a few of the things I’ve been enjoying in isolation recently. I’m sure there’s more, but these are the only ones I can think of at the moment. I hope you all enjoyed this list! I know I had a lot of fun putting this all together and sharing it with all of you. Please feel free to tell me in the comments below some of the things you’re loving in isolation right now! Until next time, I hope you’re staying happy, healthy, drinking lots of water, I love you! ๐Ÿ’•


Book Hauls

BookOutlet Haul | Biggest Haul Yet!

Salutations friends! It feels like it has been a minute since I did a haul of this size. Normally, I try to avoid doing big hauls. However, this has been in the works for a hot minute and I blame all the sales BookOutlet has had over past couple of months. Nonetheless, I’m so excited to finally bring this haul to my blog and even more excited to show all of you! Mostly, I’m excited due to the fact that some of these are hopefully going to put towards some readathons that are coming up in the future. So this is a really exciting haul and I’m so happy to share this with all of you! Just don’t ask me what my plan is for organizing them!

๐ŸŒธ Thorn Jack (Night and Nothing, #1) by Katherine Harbour

๐ŸŒธ Nexus (The Androma Saga #2) by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings

๐ŸŒธ The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

๐ŸŒธ Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

๐ŸŒธ The Blood Spell by C.J. Redwine

๐ŸŒธ Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy #1-10) by Cassandra Clare

๐ŸŒธ Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean by Kirsty Murray

๐ŸŒธ Wink Poppy Midnight by April Geneieve Tucholke

๐ŸŒธ The Merciful Crow (The Merciful Crow #1) by Margaret Owen

๐ŸŒธ The Beast Player (Beast Player #1-2) by Nahoko Uehashi

๐ŸŒธ Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

๐ŸŒธ Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

๐ŸŒธ When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

๐ŸŒธ Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

๐ŸŒธ The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen

๐ŸŒธ A Room Away from the Wolves by Nova Ren Suma

๐ŸŒธ There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

๐ŸŒธ Wicked Like A Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter #1) by Lana Popovic

๐ŸŒธ Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

๐ŸŒธ The Severed Moon: A Year-Long Journal of Magic by Leigh Bardugo

๐ŸŒธ Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao

๐ŸŒธ Onyx & Ivory (Rime Chronicles #1) by Mindee Arnett & Kristine Hvan

๐ŸŒธ The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

๐ŸŒธ The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

๐ŸŒธ Furthermore (Furthermore, #1) by Tahereh Mafi

๐ŸŒธ Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

๐ŸŒธ The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck

๐ŸŒธ American Panda by Gloria Chao

๐ŸŒธ The Dogs of Christmas by W. Bruce Cameron

Okay, readers!Those are all the books that I have hauled, in secret, for the past couple of months! I hope you enjoyed this haul, maybe you found some recent books to add to your TBR or you may want to haul. Feel free to tell me in the comments below what you love most about BookOutlet or one book you’re hoping to haul for the month of April. Until next time, I hope you’re staying snuggly, reading plenty of books, and of course, I love you! ๐Ÿ’•



1 Year Blogiversary Q&A Part Two: Heavy Topics, Mental Health, and Unpopular Opinions

Salutations Chapterlings! Welcome to Part Two of this Q&A! If you haven’t read Part One yet then please make sure you do so. This article is going to be a lot heavier and addressing a lot more personal questions. I will be answering these questions as best as I can without going into too great of details. These are a lot more personal and as much as I like to be open with all of you, I have my limits and boundaries. Now, without any further delays, let’s get into the questions!

Have you had any negative experiences in the book or blogging community?

We’re hitting hard right from the start, huh? The answer is yes. Normally I don’t like to dwell on negative things because it’s really bad for my mental health and I don’t want to keep a space for that kind of negativity. I got into pretty decent detail in my Life Update post, if you haven’t seen that then I recommend checking that out. In short, I was basically being harassed and bullied because I received an arc of a certain 2020 release. These people felt that it was unfair for a small book reviewer/content creator to receive such a highly sought after arc and they made that very clear by making me feel unsafe on all my social media platforms. I took a step back after that.

Why do you put content warnings at the beginning of your reviews?

That’s just a personal preference of mine and I have done since my first experience of reading a book that had no content or trigger warnings. It really messed up my mental health and it took two and a half weeks to feel okay again. When someone reads my review, I want them to know what this book involves and some of the things that will most likely be discussed in my review. The best example I have of this is my review for Sadie.

I’ve noticed when you talk about mental health in your reviews, it comes from a place of knowing. Do you have mental health struggles or just have a wide knowledge of it?

I knew someone was going to ask this question. *Warning, I will be talking about various mental health topics like depression, eating disorders, suicide, etc… Please be aware of that when reading my answer to this question.*

Yes. I actually have mental health struggles. I have quiet a few actually. I guess the best place to start with all of this is I grew up around people who struggled with mental health, severely. As I got older, I developed a lot of mental health challenges. I developed bulimia nervosa at the age of eight because I was constantly surrounded by those who hated my body. So I started to hate my body too. I developed severe anxiety at the age of eight, as well. This was due to a toxic and abusive home life. When I hit my early preteens, I battled depression, self-harm, and attempted suicide. By this time, I also had a drug addiction and an alcohol problem due to trying to find a way to cope with everything happening in my life (those things being people dying all around me and severe abuse). After all of this, I ended up in the hospital from losing weight too fast and my lowest weight being 96 lbs and dropping. Eventually, I was sent to a mental health facility where I learned I have Bipolar Disorder I and PTSD which explained a lot of the things that were happening.

After all of that, I finally started living better to help manage my mental struggles (like my severe anxiety) and to better handle them. Even now, I still have disordered eating, I still have to take medication to manage the Bipolar, and I’m still trying to understand my PTSD to the fullest. And I’m thankful to have a partner who understands the importance of mental health. So when I talk about mental health in my reviews, it comes from a deep knowledge, of having experiencing it, living with it, and experiencing so many things at a young age that no one that young should have to go through. So understand, I take that content very seriously especially when I review a book and if I find that material is doing more harm than good, I will address it in my reviews.

Do you have any recommendations for coping with mental health while reading?

It all depends on the person, in all honesty. Something that may be triggering for me may be entirely different for someone else. For myself, I will have an asmr video or an instrumental video playing on my phone or television when I start reading a book. However, if I feel content is becoming too triggering then I will step away from the book. I won’t force myself to read past that. When I step away, sometimes it’s a few hours and sometimes it’s days. Ultimately, I do what’s best for me and if my mental state is responding really negatively to the content I’m reading, I will ‘dnf’ that book. The best example I have is my review of Things We Lost in the Fire. I will also list one of my favorite asmr rooms as well.

You’re not feminist enough to review books

Originally I wasn’t going to post this comment because it truly is a negative comment and I don’t like inviting that into my space. However, I saw an opportunity with this comment that was just too important to ignore. So this is all I have to say about this.

Misogyny is just as bad as misandry.

If you’re bisexual, how can you be married?

Would you be surprised if I told you that I get this question all the time and on Pride I get bombarded with this question, consistently? Yes, I am married, but that doesn’t change my sexual orientation. The way I always explain it, if I were to get a divorce today or tomorrow, that wouldn’t stop me from being attracted to men, women, or non-binary people. It’s just a part of who I am, it will never change no matter where I go in life, and I will always be very open about that.

What was the hardest part of coming out as bisexual?

I think the hardest part was dealing with the backlash that came from having my relationships with the girls I dated out in the open. It was extremely hard while is school and even harder on those I dated. There were many things that were hard with coming out, but that was the toughest to really go through and watching my partners having to suffer was the worst of it.

How do you respond to negativity or negative comments?

My approach is usually to ignore and delete. I say it all the time, I don’t like negativity in the spaces that bring me joy. I think it’s fine for people to have different opinions and have constructive conversation. However, when things start to turn into heated arguing, saying nasty things to one another, etc… I tend to erase that stuff immediately. If this somehow finds it’s way into my messages, I will report that person and delete the message. I don’t like negativity in my spaces.

How do you cope with your anxiety?

I think this ties in with a previous question, but it varies for everyone. For myself, I listen to a lot of asmr to help keep me calm and relaxed during reading. When I’m at home or out in public and I start to get anxious, I have to do something with my hands. So I usually keep things on me that allows me to keep my hands busy. At home it might be video games or using a stress ball. Out in public I might have a fidget spinner or rubik’s cube. I also tend to keep items with soft textures near by as they help calm my anxiety. If I’m lucky, one of my pets may be nearby and I may go pet them for a while. If you do like asmr, I will leave another link for another favorite asmr video.

Do you have an unpopular opinions?

Yes. Yes I do and it’s a lot.

๐ŸŒธ Women can play football, backyard or otherwise.

๐ŸŒธ Mountains are better than beaches. Take a trip to New Hampshire sometime, you’ll thank me later!

๐ŸŒธ ASMR is amazing and I don’t care what you say!

๐ŸŒธ Personally, I think Night is better than Day.

๐ŸŒธ Although I like tea, very much, coffee is better.

๐ŸŒธ ACOFAS wasn’t terrible and a nice pace changer. I WILL FIGHT YOU ON THIS.

๐ŸŒธ I will always choose Andriod over Iphones. Stop trying to convince me they’re better, I will list so many reasons why they’re not.

Okay, I really had to stop myself there before I just spent a really long time doing that list. Just know that I have many unpopular opinions, those are the ones that I could think of on the fly. Alright, those are all the personal questions. There are actually a few I didn’t answer because they were just far too personal and I really didn’t feel comfortable answering them. Regardless, I hope you enjoyed Part One and Part Two of this wild Q&A! It truly means the world that you would stick around to read both parts. I truly appreciate all the love and support that each and every one of you give to me. I hope you know how grateful I am and that I hope I can continue to show how much it means to me by the content I put out. Until next time, stay safe, thank you for the love and support, I love you! ๐Ÿ’•



1 Year Blogiversary Q&A Part One: Bookish Questions, Getting Personal and Nerdy

Salutations friends! I can’t believe my blog has officially hit one year old! This wouldn’t be possible without all of you! For believing in me, wanting all of this to succeed, and for loving me the way that I am. You all have made this all possible, inspire me each and every day to create content, and I love you all!

And apparently you all are very, very curious about the person behind the screen! A while ago I put out ways for you to tell me the questions you wanted to ask, literally ask anything, and I was shocked with the amount of messages. So many questions that I actually divided these into two parts. Most of these questions were able to be categorized as something book related and nerdy or something personal and heavy.

So if you’re reading this, welcome to part one of this two parted Q&A! I hope I don’t disappoint with my answers! Just sit back, relax, and let’s answer some of your questions!

Have you learned anything new about yourself?

The short answer is yes. The more specific response is I need a thorough schedule to do everything that I do. I balance my personal life and the things I do for my blog, for Bookstagram, etc… I keep them separate, but I realized I have to stay on a constant schedule otherwise my whole momentum gets thrown off. I’ve learned that there are many people who appreciate the content I create and I have made some truly wonderful friends that I never thought I would have made.

What are your favorite bookish posts that you’ve written?

One of my most favorite posts is my review of Sadie. It was one of the hardest reviews I ever wrote, I get very emotional and personal in that review. I’m extremely proud of that post. My second favorite would be my Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco Blog Tour and Review. Talking back and forth with Rin, I left our conversation with a very deep appreciation for her and the other authors who recognize the smaller bloggers and content creators. It truly was a wonderful experience and I’m glad that I got to be a part of her street team for Wicked As You Wish.

Do you review every book you read or just arcs?

I usually review every book that I read. I take extensive notes. If I have multiple copies of a book, I will use one for my own library and then the others for taking notes, annotating, and discussions. The only time I don’t review a book is a ‘dnf’ book. It’s rare when I ‘dnf’ a book, but it does happen.

What are some of the things that you accomplished because of your blog or being in the book community in general?

I feel like I have come a lot farther compared to when I first started out in the book community. I have been a part of the book community for a long time. I believe 2014 was the year I dipped my toes into getting involved, but I think I truly started feeling accomplished as I started to branch out and develop my skills. I became more of a critical reviewer, I found an aesthetic that makes me happy (which I have a new background that I’ll be testing out on my IG soon), and I really started to carve a space for myself, that’s something I’ve never done before because I never knew how to make a place for myself to exist (that last bit will tie into a on part two of this Q&A). There’s many things I accomplished because of books and I’m very grateful to be where I am right now.

I know your birthday is coming up in May, what are three books you’re hoping to get or do you have a wishlist?

I think I know who this is, May is still a ways off, and yes, I have a wishlist which you can find HERE, but please don’t feel obligated to get me anything. I am very blessed with the books that I have right now and with tbr carts that are overflowing, I shouldn’t be getting more, for now. If I absolutely had to pick three books to receive for my birthday, it would be the ones below.

Overall most anticipated 2020 book release?

In no specific order so you too can check them out too! You can also check out some of my posts that hint to authors I’m supporting and check out my anticipated 2020 shelf!

Do you have a favorite tea?

I drink a lot of Harney & Sons tea, but I also drink a lot of the Yogi Tea as well.

You mention that you game a lot, what are your top five favorite games?

Okay, okay! You’re now a very precious bean and I will protect you at all cost! I love talking shop about games and that’s one of the hardest questions to answer. So all my favorite games will be shown below!

How do you find inspiration to write your articles?

Everywhere and from everyone. Sometimes I get asked a lot to do specific articles like my Sekaiichi Hatsukoi series review. Sometimes I end up with something right on the dot and then I’ll write it down so I don’t forget. Other times it’s usually a lot of coffee.

I read your ‘About Me’ section. You do LARPING?! Can you tell us about your character?!

My main character is an elf mage named Malliumpkin. I play a few side characters with my group, as well. Usually those side characters are healers or temporary encounters. We have even done a few side quests where I have been random creatures such a fauns, spirits, and animal shapeshifters or shamans. Most of my gear was crafted by a dear friend. Other pieces I invested in myself. And that’s all you need to know! Aside from the fact that the next event we do will be our 100th LARPing quest. If you’re looking to get started, I highly recommend checking this article out!

How do you manage to read and blog on top of everything else?

I have a giant calendar hanging on my wall where I write down all my buddy reads, my readathons, when blog posts need to go up, etc… I also use Google Calendar to communicate to my spouse important information like appointments, personal events, etc… With those two tools at my disposal, I can keep track of where my time and energy is being spent. Did I mention I write down the times for all of things? I include the time with everything I do. My days are usually planned to the very last minute before I need sleep. That’s usually how I stay on top of managing my life and then everything with reading and blogging.

What are some books you could put in anyone’s hands right now?

How do you take notes and do thorough reviews?

Oh jeez… My process is very chaotic and all over the place, if I’m being honest. I use a sketch book to take notes for my reviews, I use sticky notes to make side notes inside my books, then I have colored tabs to indicate important information, and then I have pastel highlighters for going back through and narrowing down the information sections. It’s a really chaotic mess and usually when I’m like that my spouse will have to bring me snacks and drinks because I will go at it for hours with annotating, drafting, narrowing things down, etc… It’s just wild and I come out looking like a wildling every time.

A mythical creature you would want to turn into?

Do you have any best friends?

I’m pretty sure I know who sent this and yes I do, I love each and every one very dearly!

Do you have any pets?

Yes I do! I have three cats and a corgi! If you follow my IG then you will occasionally see them pop up in my feed and they even have their own dedicated story header!

Is there anything you want right now?

I feel like this another one of my friends asking for birthday purposes. So please read the question above asking about my birthday and wishlist. If it’s not, I could really go for some sushi and some starfruit right about now!

What color are your eyes?

Many people think my eyes are brown, but they’re actually hazel. My eyes can turn all the way to the brightest shade of topaz all the way to a dark, dark brown, almost black.

How long have you been gaming and reading?

I have been reading and gaming since I was a kid. Six years old is how far I can remember being really focused on reading and gaming. Years later and I’m still focused on gaming and reading!

What would you tell someone who wants to start their own book blog?

I would tell you to just start. My biggest fear was just getting started and I think it helps to hear from someone who was really nervous about starting their bookstagram, starting this blog, and just being more involved in the book community than what they were. It took me a while to work up the courage to start, but once I started, I couldn’t stop and I found some of the most amazing people who I now get to call friends. This community is very welcoming and if you’re looking for someplace to carve out your own space, the book community is a lovely place to start.

What are the top three songs you’re listening to right now?

๐ŸŒธ The Midnight – Sunset


๐ŸŒธ Skrux – Devotion

Okay, friends! Those are all the personal questions that were book related, very nerdy, and just stole every part of my heart! If you have any other question, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below. I do like to be as open as I can be with all of you, so don’t hesitate. Part Two of this Q&A should be happening shortly after this article is posted and this article is going to be much heavier, more personal, and so many hard topics are going to be talked about in that article. So I hope you’re still able to join for Part Two! Until next time, thank you for all you love and support, I truly appreciate you! ๐Ÿ’•