Summer reading update: How Keanu Reeves is making me read less

Hi beauties! I thought it was about time I gave you guys a reading update since I haven’t done one in literally forever. As a law student with no summer job when the semester ended I was like, I have so much time on my hands. I’m going to read all the books! But then something monumentous happened. I developed a crush on Mr. Breathtaking himself, Keanu Reeves.

I’ve always known of Keanu Reeves. I knew he was in Speed and The Matrix. I knew he was part Asian. What I didn’t know was that he was hella hot and such a cool dude.

Basically it all started when I watched Always Be My Maybe. I knew Keanu was in it, but I watched it mainly for Randall Park. When Keanu came on screen I was like, No. No. No. That cannot be Keanu Reeves. Why did no one tell me he was this hot and this funny? How did I miss this? The seed for my crush was planted at that moment.

As pretty much everyone with an internet connection knows, this is the year of Keanu. He’s everywhere. It’s no surprise that my crush on him grew exponentially. Not only is he super good looking at any age, but the more I learned about him, the more I liked him. He’s such a humble and down to earth guy. Like did you know he owns a publishing house called X Artists’ Books and published a poem he wrote called Ode to Happiness? He also owns a motorcycle company called Arch Motorcycle. Talk about getting a guy who can do both. So swoon-worthy.

To satisfy my Keanu Kraving (a term I just coined right now) I decided to watch as many of his movies as possible. Prior to this crush I’ve only watched bits and pieces of Speed and The Matrix; nothing substantial.

As of the writing of this blog post I have watched the following movies that feature Keanu in some capacity:

  • Always Be My Maybe
  • Toy Story 4
  • The Matrix
  • John Wick
  • John Wick: Chapter 2
  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
  • Destination Wedding
  • The Neon Demon
  • SPF-18
  • Point Break (currently watching)

And I’m just getting started. I still have more movies left on my Keanu binge. As you can see, this cuts into my reading time significantly. I’m not reading as much as I would like to. But I’m 100% okay with that because Keanu Reeves. Enough said.

Have you fallen prey to the Keanussance? Let me know in the comments!

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Becoming Dr. Seuss giveaway!

Hi beauties! I am so happy to announce that I have partnered with Dutton Books to giveaway Becoming Dr. Seuss by Brian Jay Jones. The good news is that there will be 5 winners! I haven’t read it yet, but I’m excited to. Like many, I grew up reading Dr. Seuss so I’m curious to know more about the man behind the books.

Here’s the synopsis:

The definitive, fascinating, all-reaching biography of Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss is a classic American icon. Whimsical and wonderful, his work has defined our childhoods and the childhoods of our own children. The silly, simple rhymes are a bottomless well of magic, his illustrations timeless favorites because, quite simply, he makes us laugh. The Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, Horton, and so many more, are his troupe of beloved, and uniquely Seussian, creations.

Theodor Geisel, however, had a second, more radical side. It is there that the allure and fasciation of his Dr. Seuss alter ego begins. He had a successful career as an advertising man and then as a political cartoonist, his personal convictions appearing, not always subtly, throughout his books—remember the environmentalist of The Lorax? Geisel was a complicated man on an important mission. He introduced generations to the wonders of reading while teaching young people about empathy and how to treat others well. 

Agonizing over word choices and rhymes, touching up drawings sometimes for years, he upheld a rigorous standard of perfection for his work. Geisel took his responsibility as a writer for children seriously, talking down to no reader, no matter how small. And with classics like Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Geisel delighted them while they learned. Suddenly, reading became fun.  

Coming right of the heels off George Lucas and bestselling Jim Henson, Brian Jay Jones is quickly developing a reputation as a master biographer of the creative geniuses of our time.  

To enter, just click on the picture above or click here!

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Too many books means time to unhaul!

I recently realized that I have way too many books. Like too many that I don’t know what to do with them. So I decided to do a massive unhaul. I did an unhaul before, but that was only about 30 books. This time I unhauled over 135 books (don’t know the exact number but it’s at least 135).

My unhaul didn’t happen overnight. I did a gradual unhaul. I first started with books I had recently read but didn’t feel the need to keep.

Then I tackled my massive amount of unread books. For a long time, I used to have a relatively small amount of unread books (between 30-50). At the time I had over 150 unread books and growing everyday (I get a lot of book mail). This caused me to do a massive reality check. I stopped and asked myself, Do I really have time to read all these books? The answer? Hell no! Law school keeps me so busy. There is no possible way I can read all these books anytime soon. I came to the realization that keeping these books on my shelf and never reading them was not doing them any good. So I unhauled a ton of them. I didn’t count, but if I had to estimate, I probably unhauled 40-70 unread books.

I slowly brought these books to my school’s Free Little Library. This Free Little Library is right outside the coffee shop that literally everyone at school goes to. It gets a ton of foot traffic. So far about 95% of the books I put in there are gone. That makes me so happy. Knowing that others are reading and enjoying the books I don’t have time to read is a good feeling.

I also did a massive unhaul of books at my parent’s house. When I moved down for law school, I only brought about half of the books I own. The other half I left at my parent’s house. Most of the books I left are ones that I wasn’t particularly attached to. When I went home for Easter break I decided to unhaul a bunch of them. Many of the unhauled books are ones that I read a few years ago and haven’t picked up since. So why not give them a new home? I ended up unhauling over 80 books. These books I donated to Goodwill.

The unhaul pile at my parent’s house

I’m also trying to limit myself when it comes to free books. I’m trying to say no to more books. I don’t need to say yes to every single Instagram book tour or review request I get offered. I’m very fortunate to be at a place in my blogging/bookstagram career where I am able to get so many books for free, but I don’t need to have ALL the books.

Overall, I am so happy with the amount of books I have given a new home. It feels so good and such a relief to bring my number of unread books down and to just declutter in general.

Do you unhaul books? Tell me about it in the comments!

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I’m an Amazon Influencer!

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Hi beauties! I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while, but (as usual) life got in the way. I’m happy to announce that I have been accepted into Amazon’s Influencer Program. Basically, this means I earn a small commission if you purchase a product on my page.

On my page, you’ll find curated lists by me of book recommendations organized by genre like historical fiction and poetry. I also have more fun categories like Disney books and superhero novels. I’ll be adding more books soon, so be sure to keep checking it. I’m also thinking about making a list of bookish merch.

Click here to check out my page.

Thanks for reading this short post and let me know if you read any of my recs!

xoxo,

Follow me on Bloglovin’!

Hi beauties! This is just a short little post saying that if anyone want to follow me on Bloglovin’ please do! I made it a long time ago (like when I first started this blog) but haven’t done much with it. I recently, after a long time, finally added the Bloglovin’ button to my site.

Also, if anyone has any tips on how to grow a following on Bloglovin’ please let me know. I barely have any followers there.

Do you have a Bloglovin’ account? Have you had success there? 

xoxo,

I’m a The Book Drop ambassador!

Hi beauties! Just wanted to drop in and say that I’m super excited to announce that I have been chosen to be one of The Book Drop’s ambassadors!

The Book Drop is a book subscription service that features a variety of genres. Their mission is to bring the independent bookstore to you! I personally love independent bookstores because they carry books you don’t typically see in more mainstream stores.

I am subscribed to Books for Tea, which is one of their most popular subscriptions. Books for Tea is perfect for lovers of historical fiction, contemporary, and literary fiction. They also have subscriptions for YA and middle grade books. Each book (which comes hand wrapped!) comes with a signed bookplate and/or letter from the author. To check out their past book selections click here.

If you are interested in signing up, use my code, ODD10, to save 10% on your purchase. Sign up here.

Do you have a favorite independent bookstore? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

I’m a BookSparks #WRC2019 ambassador!

I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about this, but school has kept me busy. So basically, in addition to being a BooksSparks #YAWRC2019 ambassador, I’m also one for #WRC2019!

If you check out their site, you can see the six amazing books that will be featured in this reading challenge.

All six of the books

Are you planning on joining the challenge? Which book are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,