April 2019 wrap-up

Hi beauties! I’m back with another wrap-up. This is a few days too late but like they say, better late than never. It’s been a busy week for me since I am right in the middle of finals. Overall, I am happy with the amount that I managed to read this month.

Here’s what I read:

How’s was your reading month? How many books did you read?

xoxo,


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Review: The Size of Everything

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Rating: ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

This was such an amazing but heartbreaking read! 

This book is a memoir. It details Erin Cole’s childhood told through short vignettes. What she went through growing up was so sad and intense. When you’re reading it, you keep thinking that her situation might get better, but it doesn’t until the very end. 

On the flip side, it was still inspiring. The fact that she was able to persevere and become successful is so incredible. 

I really like how the book was written because it had a nice balance between the good and the bad. There were a lot of sad stories but also some more humorous ones. Additionally, I enjoyed the writing style. It was very easy to read and flowed nicely. Using a co-author seemed to help in that regard.  

I also liked how honest the book was. It never felt like the author was ever overly harsh or exaggerating. Going back to the balancing aspect, she even highlights a few nice memories/incidents with some of the people who hurt her in the past (like her dad’s girlfriend). She showed her situation as truthfully as possible. 

Lastly, I also loved that she included some of her mom’s journal entries throughout the book. It gave a glimpse into her mind and an overall better understanding of why her mom was the way she was. The inclusion of the letters also goes back to the honesty of the book. 

All in all, this book broke my heart but was so worth reading. I hope she continues to tell her life story in another book. 

March 2019 wrap-up

Hi beauties! I am back with another monthly wrap-up. March has been my best reading month so far this year. I read 9 books which I am super happy about. I also gave out quite a few 5 stars this month.

Here’s what I read:

Overall, I enjoyed pretty much everything I read this month, my favorite being The Princess and the Fangirl. Like omg that book was so good!

How was your reading month?

xoxo,


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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,

February 2019 wrap-up

Hi beauties! So I am back with my second wrap up. February was a pretty disappointing reading month for me. I only read 4 books. Life and school has been crazy this month so that is why. I’m hoping March will be a better month.

Here’s what I read:

Overall, I enjoyed most of what I read this month. I didn’t have any 5 star reads, but was still happy. The Gilded Wolves was probably my favorite of this month because omg the representation!

How was your reading month? Let me know in the comments!

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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,

January 2019 wrap-up

Hi! So after a year of blogging, I’ve finally decided to do my first ever wrap-up post. I’ve never felt a pressing desire to do one until now. I’m unsure if I will do this every month, so don’t be surprised if I don’t have a wrap-up for February.

This month I read 7 books which I am super happy about. I feel very accomplished, especially since a new semester has started.

Here’s what I read:

Overall, I enjoyed most of what I read this month. Some books weren’t super amazing, but were still enjoyable. It took me forever to get my first 5 star read of the year but it was well worth the wait.

How was your January? How many books did you read? What was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

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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,

Review: The Lost Coast

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Rating: ★★★½

I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Candlewick Press) in exchange for an honest review. 

I had such high hopes for this book, but it ultimately did not live up to my expectations. 

Let’s start with what I did like. 

I liked the diversity. There was a lot of sexual (lesbian, ace, etc.) and racial diversity. One of the girls was Filipino which I was super happy about since I’m Filipino. I love seeing Filipino representation.  

I also liked the aesthetic of the book. The descriptions perfectly captured that foggy, mystical, Northern California vibe. 

Now on to what I didn’t love. 

There were a lot of point of view changes throughout the book which really made it difficult to understand especially in the beginning. Each POV would last for only a few pages so it ended up being a bit jarring and all over the place. 

As for the storyline, it wasn’t exciting. It felt kind of blah to me until the end which is when things finally got interesting. 

I also wished the book focused more on June and Hawthorn. They were my two favorite characters and I wanted to explore more of their backstory. 

Overall, this book had some good moments (Queer POC witches for the win!), but didn’t reach its full potential.