The First Nano-notes: Retellings (and many stars!)

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Hey guys! As most of you know, I’ve been posting rather sporadically for the past couple of months. However, I most definitely did not stop reading, and as a result, I’m EXTREMELY behind on my reviews. Since many of the books I read at the time were for the COYER challenge, a lot of them were also review requests and ARCs, so it’s definitely important to me that I do review them. However, even if I reviewed a book every day, it would still take me ages to catch up. And thus, Nano-notes is born! I want to write mini reviews for a group of books in some kind of category, and keep it around 250 words! Today’s topic is….

Retellings: A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston, Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle, Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer Continue reading

All the Bright Places: More accurately, me being a giant mess!

I was here.

~Theodore Finch, All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven collageSee on Loupe

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink. (Goodreads)

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After the End: NOT a post apocalyptic wasteland???

Hallo guys!!! I’m sure you all thought I abandoned you. Evidently, not the case!

Whew! The COYER challenge ended March 3rd, and while I won’t go into much detail now (I plan on writing a post about it soon), it was fantastic, but it threw me into a huge reading… slump-ish thing at the end there. And by association, blogging slump! 😦 So when midnight hit on the start of March 4th, I was prepared with book in hand! Aaaaaand I’ve read three books since then. Fabulous, am I right? So to “ease” myself back into this whole blogging thing (who am I kidding, I’m jumping in feet first!), I thought I’d start with a review of the book that I’ve most recently (read: just) finished: After the End by Amy Plum!

When I thought she was a total nut, it was easy- I didn’t believe a word she said. But now that what she’s saying is starting to make sense, I have no clue what to believe.

~ Amy Plum, After the End

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Puppies and a cutesy romance. Why not?

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Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Short Story (Contemporary)

Published: March 10th, 2013

This is a review for the COYER challenge! Continue reading

saving yourself and how to go about doing it

when
someone
offers to
save you
make it
your mission
to
save yourself.
i believe in you.

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Oooh, I love that quote. This is another review for the COYER challenge! It was also my one (and only, oops) review for the Write-On Review-a-thon.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Poetry

Published originally: April 23rd, 2016

Published again: February 14th, 2017

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Happy Birthday to me! (yes, I’m posing right now)

Yup, it’s my birthday!

I’m going to have to get used to my new age haha. I always seem to get it down right before the next one comes along! I’m super excited for the year to come, blogging-wise as well as everything else! 🙂 Anyhoo, I figured I’d just do a quick little tag!

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Thanks so much to Dimple @ Enthralling Dimple for tagging us! This was her first ever book tag, so check it out! She gave credit to all the creators, but ain’t nobody got time for that, so click on her links if you’d like to know where this all started. 🙂

For this tag, you have to relate your five most used emojis or five recently used emojis to books!

My (Evidently) Top Five Emojis:

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A fantastic post on the LGBT+ community- and books, of course!

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Quite a while ago, Shannon @ Typically Shannon and I talked about her doing a guest post for my blog. Obviously, it happened, but our communications were a bit confused for a while there, and her post got a tad lost (totally my fault, oops!). You’ll see very quickly when this was written. 😉 However, it’s absolutely still relevant, as Trump’s inauguration is still quite fresh in most of our minds. And I, for one, cannot wait to read this book! Aaaaaaand over to Shannon:


Only a few days ago, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. With policies against same-sex marriage, plans to get rid of the Gender Equality Act that allows transgender people to use the bathroom they feel they identify most with, and a Vice President that supports conversion therapy, the LGBTQIAP+ community are severely under threat, their sexualities and genders being made out to be unnatural. With thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people protesting day and night against Trump and his horrific ways, it is important that we too focus on the positive and beautiful aspects of the LGBT+ community, and help amplify their voices in such a tough and negative time. As this is a book blog, I decided to look into one of my favourite books that has an LGBT+ couple, Solitaire by Alice Oseman. Continue reading