Top Ten Tuesday | Things That Will Instantly Make Me Not Want to Read a Book

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which you give ten answers to the topic for the week. To find a list of upcoming topics, go here. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book.” As always, the following list is in no particular order. I just jotted them down as they came into my head!


1. If I hear that the book is harmful or problematic from other readers/reviewers

I can’t count how many times (especially within the last few months) that I’ve heard from people in the book community (mostly on Twitter) that a book is racist, homophobic, ableist, or otherwise harmful to marginalized people. Every time I hear that, I immediately take the book off my TBR on Goodreads (if it was on there to begin with). I have absolutely no interest in supporting books that are causing harm to any person or group of people.

2. If the book was written by an author whose previous book(s) I really didn’t like

While I do like to give second chances to authors occasionally, sometimes I just dislike a book so much that I can’t possibly consider reading another book by that same author. Other times, I’ve already given an author a second chance and STILL didn’t care for their books so I’m definitely not giving them a third chance!

3. If the book features an overused trope and/or a trope I’m not a fan of

This one is pretty self explanatory! If I’m not a fan of a trope and/or I’m tired of reading a particular trope, why would I want to read a book that has that trope?

4. If the book has vampires or werewolves in it

I went through this phase in middle school where all I wanted to read were vampire/werewolf novels. Since then, I really have no interest in reading about those creatures. So if I hear a book features either or both of them, I’m going to have zero interest in picking it up – even if I hear the book is fantastic! I just know I probably won’t end up enjoying it.

5. If the book basically has no plot and the sole focus is on a romantic relationship

Don’t get me wrong – I still enjoy when there’s a bit of romance in books! I’d just rather it be a smaller part of the story rather than the sole focus. I guess I just enjoy reading about action, adventure, and great friendships more than reading about a character who professes their love to a person they met a week ago. Now, slow-burn romances are usually a solid yes from me! Other than that, I’m not usually a fan.

6. If the author of the book has repeatedly said/done hurtful things in the past

I know that sometimes people can separate the art from the artist, but most of the time it’s really hard for me to do that. Authors that are extremely problematic outside of their writing most likely will share their harmful rhetoric in their books (either intentionally or unintentionally) and that’s something I really don’t want to read.

7. If I hear that a series goes downhill after the first book

In the past, I have definitely passed on a series after hearing that the rest of the series doesn’t live up to the first book. Why should I waste my time reading a series that turns out to be mediocre or even terrible? I’d rather spend my time reading great series instead!

8. If the book is part of a series that may never be completed

This one doesn’t need too much of an explanation. I don’t want to start an uncompleted series that may never be finished!! What if I fall in love with the characters and need more?? What if there’s a major cliffhanger and I never get the answers I need?? I really don’t want to experience that terrible pain!

9. If a fantasy book is less than 300 pages in length

I just feel that for a fantasy book to be good, it can’t be super short. Especially if it’s a standalone and not part of a series! In less than 300 pages, there isn’t enough time to get a sense of the world and the characters. Due to the lack of pages, a book’s world and characters may end up being severely underdeveloped. Since I personally love fantasy books with vivid world-building and fleshed out characters, I think fantasy books should be no shorter than 350 pages.

10. If the book is in a genre I’m not a fan of

This is a pretty simple one. If I know I won’t like a certain genre or if I really disliked reading the genre in the past, I’m not going to want to read a book from that genre. Period. Some genres I know I won’t want to read include non-fiction, erotica, and religious books.


Are there certain things that will instantly make you not want to read a book? Let me know in the comments or link me to your TTT post!

Review: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Radio Silence

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Series: Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publication Date: March 28, 2017 (originally published February 25, 2016 in UK)

Publisher: HarperTeen (originally published by Harper Collins Children’s Books in UK)

Pages: 474

Synopsis: You probably think that Aled Last and I are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and I am a girl. I just wanted to say—we don’t.

Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying. When she’s not studying, she’s up in her room making fan art for her favorite podcast, Universe City.

Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As. But no one knows he’s the creator of Universe City, who goes by the name Radio Silence.

When Frances gets a message from Radio Silence asking if she’ll collaborate with him, everything changes. Frances and Aled spend an entire summer working together and becoming best friends. They get each other when no one else does.

But when Aled’s identity as Radio Silence is revealed, Frances fears that the future of Universe City—and their friendship—is at risk. Aled helped her find her voice. Without him, will she have the courage to show the world who she really is? Or will she be met with radio silence?

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I first heard about this book pretty recently so when it was published, I immediately put it on hold at the library. When it recently became available, I checked it out from the library and brought it home with me. This past Sunday afternoon I was bored so I went looking on my bookshelves for something to read. Since I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to read, I took a couple books off the shelf and planned to read a few pages of each of them before deciding which one I would commit to. I started with Radio Silence and I was immediately drawn in! Before I knew it, I had read 100 pages! So obviously, I didn’t even end up opening the other book.

I ended up enjoying this book so, so much! I completely FLEW through it. In about 7 hours I had finished the almost 500 page book! I can’t remember the last time I read a book of this length in that short amount of time! One of my favorite parts of the book were the characters. They were so fantastic and dynamic! I especially loved that this book focused on a friendship between a girl and a guy with no romance between them whatsoever. This doesn’t usually occur in books, especially YA ones, so it was a really nice change! The friendship between the main character, Frances, and Aled was spectacular. They had known each other for a few years but hadn’t really talked despite living across the street from one another. I loved how their friendship really bloomed once they got through that awkward stage that most new friends experience. They went from shyly complimenting each other’s clothes and messaging each other on Facebook to hanging out constantly and saying they were platonically in love with one another. It was just so great!

Another aspect I loved about this book was all the diverse rep it had! The main character, Frances, is biracial and bisexual and there are also gay characters, an ace-spectrum (most likely demisexual) character, and several people of color. As an ace person myself, I thought this was incredibly cool to actually see asexuality discussed and named! While it wasn’t a huge part of the story, it was still so awesome to see the words in a book! Hopefully this will continue in other books (especially YA) so that people that don’t currently have the vocabulary for what they’re feeling could discover it. In addition to the on-the-page discussion of asexuality and demisexuality, gender identity was also talked about on multiple occasions.

Moving onto the plot! This book was centered around Aled’s Youtube podcast series called Universe City that he has been making for two years. Frances has been a listener and avid fan of the series since the very beginning. When she’s not busy studying, Frances spends the rest of her time creating fan art based on the podcast and posting them under a pseudonym on Tumblr. The two become friends when Frances accidentally finds out that Aled is the creator of Universe City and they bond over the series and a multitude of other things, including their many similarities. Eventually, Frances contributes to the podcast by officially making art for it and even starring in some episodes. At this point, no one else besides Aled, Aled’s friend Daniel, and Frances know that Aled is the one who created Universe City and Aled would like to keep it that way.

Another big part of this book had to do with school – specifically preparing for university. The book showed how many different characters dealt with school and also how much pressure there was – from family, society, and themselves – to study hard and get into a good university. Frances in particular has had her sights set on Cambridge ever since she began exceeding in school when she was young. She felt that just because she was good at school, she had the obligation to go to university. Frances also thought that the only way to happiness was to get into Cambridge, graduate with a degree, and get a good job. Throughout the course of the novel, Frances discovers that attending Cambridge and studying something she isn’t passionate about isn’t going to make her happy. This book really emphasized that while some do achieve happiness from attending university, others do not – and that that’s okay!

Overall, this book was so fun and addictive to read. Like I said previously, I finished the book in 7 hours so obviously I couldn’t put it down! In addition to this, Radio Silence was also super relatable and a book I think a lot of people would really enjoy! Even if you’re not a huge contemporary reader, I urge you to give this book a chance. Personally, I’m really, really glad I decided to pick it up!

4.5 stars

4.5 out of 5 stars

Happy Book Birthday To… (#33)

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“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


The Upside of Unrequited

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Author: Becky Albertalli

Series: N/A

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 352

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

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Happy Book Birthday to Becky Albertalli and her newest novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!

March Wrap Up 2017

March Wrap Up 2017

Hi everyone! Wow, I can’t believe another month has come to a close. I feel like 2017 is really flying by! March was a pretty decent month in terms of reading for me. I ended up reading 6 books and a total of 2,710 pages (which includes the pages I read of the book I put on hold). While I wish I read more this month, I did end up enjoying most of the books I did read!


Books Read in March

Last 3 reads (135)

The first book I finished this month, Wires and Nerve, was actually a graphic novel! I had been looking forward to reading this book since it was first announced. I’m not a huge graphic novel reader but since this story was taking place in the Lunar Chronicles world with Iko (one of my favorite characters from the series) as the main character I just knew I had to read it! Unfortunately, I was a bit underwhelmed by the graphic novel. I wasn’t a huge fan of the art style – it was pretty dull and some of the characters weren’t depicted as well as I hoped they’d be. However, I did still enjoy being back with these characters and I’m interested to see where the story goes next!

The next book I finished was A Gathering of Shadows which I started in February. This was my second time reading this book and I enjoyed it even more than the first time! I ended up slightly raising my rating from 4.25 stars to 4.5 stars! After finishing my reread of A Gathering of Shadows, I continued on with the series finale, A Conjuring of Light. I absolutely loved this book!! It was so amazing, intense, and impossible to put down! This book was such a wonderful conclusion to the series – I couldn’t have asked for more! Well, I wouldn’t say no to more books in these worlds/with these characters…

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The next book I read was The Dark Days Club and it was enjoyable! I had some issues with it – mostly the fact that I felt pretty indifferent towards the characters. The story was still interesting though so I’m planning on continuing with the series.

Next, I read The Hate U Give which will definitely be appearing on my favorite books of 2017 list at the end of the year! The Hate U Give deserves every bit of hype it’s been getting. It’s so, so, SO good and important and wonderful and all the positive adjectives you can think of. I have a hard time forming words when talking about this book because I loved it that much. Pick up The Hate U Give as soon as possible and read, read, read!!

Lastly, I read You’re Welcome, Universe which was unfortunately my least favorite book I’ve read so far this year. I started off thinking the book was just okay but then it got worse and worse as it went along. My main issue was with the main character, Julia. She was extremely rude and self-centered and became even more so as the book went on. She ends up apologizing for her words and actions but I don’t think she should have been forgiven as easily as she was. Even though I wanted to quit reading several times, I managed to push through and finish the book. My main motivation was the fact that I was behind on my Goodreads challenge! I ended up giving this book an extra half star only because I enjoyed reading about a Deaf character and I liked the ASL aspects.

Book I Put On Hold in March

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The reason why I decided to put this book on hold was because I just wasn’t in the right mindset at the time I was trying to read it. The main character has an anxiety disorder and I myself was feeling super anxious (for unrelated reasons) and reading the book was just making things worse for me. I definitely want to give it another go at a time when I’m not feeling as anxious because I think I will really benefit from reading this book!


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 75 books

Completed in March: 6 books

Completed in 2017: 16 books

 

 

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 backlist books

Completed in March: 1 book

Completed in 2017: 6 books

 

 

3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books

Completed in March: 3 books

Completed in 2017: 11 books

 

 

4. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 12 library books

Completed in March: 2 books

Completed in 2017: 6 books

 

 

5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read a book for each letter of the alphabet (The words “The” and “A” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)

Completed in March: 4 letters

Completed in 2017: 12 letters


Was March a good reading month for you? How many books were you able to complete? Let me know in the comments and/or link me to your monthly wrap up. I would love to see what you read this past month!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#32)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Blood Rose Rebellion

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Author: Rosalyn Eves

Series: Blood Rose Rebellion #1

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

Pages: 416

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

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The Gauntlet

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Author: Karuna Riazi

Series: N/A

Publisher: Salaam Reads

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Steampunk

Pages: 384

Synopsis: A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.

When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.

Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?

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Radio Silence

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Author: Alice Oseman

Series: N/A

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 496

Synopsis: Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying. Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As. You probably think that they are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and she is a girl. They don’t. They make a podcast.

In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Will they have the courage to show everyone who they really are? Or will they be met with radio silence?

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Strange the Dreamer

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Author: Laini Taylor

Series: Strange the Dreamer #1

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 544

Synopsis: The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

In this sweeping and breathtaking new novel by National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the New York Times bestselling Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, the shadow of the past is as real as the ghosts who haunt the citadel of murdered gods. Fall into a mythical world of dread and wonder, moths and nightmares, love and carnage. Welcome to Weep.

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one(s) are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#31)

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“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Shadow Run

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Authors: AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller

Series: Kaitan Chronicles #1

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 400

Synopsis: “Firefly” meets DUNE in this action-packed sci-fi adventure about a close-knit, found family of a crew navigating a galaxy of political intrigue and resource-driven power games.

Nev has just joined the crew of the starship Kaitan Heritage as the cargo loader. His captain, Qole, is the youngest-ever person to command her own ship, but she brooks no argument from her crew of orphans, fugitives, and con men. Nev can’t resist her, even if her ship is an antique.

As for Nev, he’s a prince, in hiding on the ship. He believes Qole holds the key to changing galactic civilization, and when her cooperation proves difficult to obtain, Nev resolves to get her to his home planet by any means necessary.

But before they know it, a rival royal family is after Qole too, and they’re more interested in stealing her abilities than in keeping her alive.

Nev’s mission to manipulate Qole becomes one to save her, and to survive, she’ll have to trust her would-be kidnapper. He may be royalty, but Qole is discovering a deep reservoir of power—and stars have mercy on whoever tries to hurt her ship or her crew.

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Happy Book Birthday to the authors and their first novel together! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#30)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Hunted

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Author: Meagan Spooner

Series: N/A

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings

Pages: 384

Synopsis: Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

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Happy Book Birthday to Meagan Spooner and her newest novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!

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Waiting on Wednesday #6

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where you share your most anticipated releases, one book at a time. I haven’t participated in this meme for quite some time so I decided to make a post today!


The Color Project

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Author: Sierra Abrams

Series: N/A

Publication Date: July 18, 2017

Publisher: Gatekeeper Press

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 514

Synopsis: Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.

Links: Goodreads | Preorder links to come


Why I Can’t Wait for The Color Project:

I’ve been super pumped for this book since Sierra announced her plans last year to self publish it. Back in September, I helped reveal the book’s official blurb and this past weekend I took part in the #TCPcoverreveal chat on Twitter where the gorgeous cover was revealed! Now, contemporary books aren’t usually my thing (as you’ve probably noticed, I mostly read fantasy) but based off the synopsis and the snippets of the book I’ve read, this story sounds like something I will really enjoy! Can June come a bit sooner please??


Is this book on your TBR? Are you excited as me for its release in June? Let me know down in the comments!

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Happy Book Birthday To… (#29)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


You’re Welcome, Universe

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Author: Whitney Gardner

Series: N/A

Publisher: Knopf

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 304

Synopsis: When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.

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Happy Book Birthday to Whitney Gardner and her debut novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!

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February Wrap Up

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Hey guys! Wow, another month is over. While I started off the month pretty slow, I did end up completing 7 books and a total of 2,647 pages (which includes the book I started but didn’t finish). I’m very, very happy with this! The last time I read this much in a month was in June of 2016! While I wish I could have read even more, I’m still satisfied with what I did read.


Books Read in February

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I kicked off the month by rereading Frozen Tides because I knew I wanted a refresher before diving into the next book in the series, Crystal Storm. I did end up slightly lowering my original rating from last year (5 stars) to 4.75 because I just didn’t think it was as good as book 3 in the series, Gathering Darkness, which I gave a full 5 stars. Overall, I really enjoyed rereading Frozen Tides and I was happy to finally be able to continue on with the series! Crystal Storm was very good and definitely had some shocking moments but it felt more like a filler/set up for the final book. I still enjoyed it a lot and I’m super excited for the series finale!

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The next book I read, A Darker Shade of Magic, was another reread for me (the fourth of the year!). I really, really loved being back in this world (well, worlds) with the amazing characters. I loved this book even more the second time around and ended up raising my original rating (4 stars) up to 4.5 stars!

The next two books, Some Kind of Happiness and The Bronze Key, I picked up around the same time but ended up putting the latter aside because I was completely hooked to the former. As you can tell by my 5 star rating (my first of the year!), I absolutely loved Some Kind of Happiness! As someone who has anxiety, this book really spoke to me. Even though the main character mostly deals with depression, I could relate to her so much. Since I don’t experience depression, I can’t speak to the accuracy of how it was portrayed in this novel but I definitely feel like the anxiety/panic attack parts were pretty spot on. While I absolutely loved this book, it still made me feel anxious at times so keep that in mind if you’re planning to pick up this book!

After reading a 5 star book, it was pretty disappointing reading a 2 star book. The Bronze Key was SO boring! Seriously, for 80% of the book nothing happened!! Then the last 20% all kinds of things went down but I didn’t like what was happening at all. I enjoyed the first book in this series, but it really went down hill from there. At this time, I’ve definitely given up on this series.

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This next book, Bound by Blood of Sand, I picked up on a whim while at the library. While I didn’t absolutely love it, I still really enjoyed it. If you want to hear more of my thoughts, check out my review (linked above)!

The last book I completed this month was my third reread of the month and fifth reread of the year. Apparently I’m really into rereading this year – half of the books I’ve read so far have been rereads! Anyway, I first read Vicious in 2015 and randomly decided to reread it while waiting for A Conjuring of Light to come in the mail. I really enjoyed rereading this book and I was surprised at how much I had forgotten! A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows still remain my favorite books by Victoria but this book is a close second!

Book I Put On Hold in February

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  • Iron Cast by Destiny Soria – Put on hold at 40 pages

I started this book in January and I enjoyed the first 40 pages, but for some reason I wasn’t in the mood to continue. I put it down for a few weeks and then decided in early February that I didn’t feel like continuing at that time. I definitely will pick this book up again – I’m just not sure when!

Book I Started But Didn’t Finish in February

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I started reading this book towards the end of the month but since I was both sick and busy, I wasn’t able to finish it. It will be priority #1 in March since I need to finish rereading it and get started on A Conjuring of Light! At the time I’m writing this, I’m currently on page 160.


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 75 books

Completed in February: 7 books

Completed in 2017: 10 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 backlist books

Completed in February: 4 books

Completed in 2017: 5 books

3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books

Completed in February: 6 books

Completed in 2017: 8 books

4. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 12 library books

Completed in February: 4 books

Completed in 2017: 4 books

5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read a book for each letter of the alphabet (The words “The” and “A” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)

Completed in February: 5 letters

Completed in 2017: 8 letters


How many books were you able to read in February? Did you read any 5 star books? Let me know down in the comments and/or link me to your February wrap up!

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