April wrapup: books, tv shows, music, and more|

Books:

  • Doctor Sleep / Stephen King 3/5
  • Ghosted in LA / Sina Grace (arc) 3/5
  • Loveish / Sakshi Narula (arc) 3/5
  • It Sounded Better in my Head / Nina Kenwood (arc) 3/5
  • Always Human / Ari North (Dragons & Tea book club for April) 3/5
  • Something is killing the children / James Tyniaon IV (arc) 4/5
  • Mrs. Everything / Jennifer Weiner 3/5
  • Boneless Mercies / April Genevieve Tucholke 3/5
  • Everything Emergency / Jason Adam Katzenstein (arc) 4/5
  • The Kingdom of the Gods / In-wan Youn (arc) 4/5
  • A Darker Shade of Magic / V.E. Schwab 3/5
  • Eat and Love yourself (arc) 5/5
  • Necromancer novella 3/5
  • Dear Girl (arc) 3/5

To me most things were pretty okay reads only a couple that stand out to me. I didn’t do a lot of reading of my physical tbr. Either graphic novels, poetry, or audiobooks. Only read two books physically.

Tv shows:

I was obsessed with Schitt’s Creek and I’m just waiting for the last season. I started watching How I met your mother again.

Music:

Here’s a few song’s from my playlist I’ve been listening to, but everything I’ve been listening to is on there though.

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This past week I have been trying to keep busy it helps me mental health. My mental health hasn’t been great in March or April. Hopefully in May it will be better. I rearranged and cleaned my room the last couple of days.

Some of my favorite drinks and snacks to consume: snickers, pepsi, iced coffee, and ice water. I’m all snickered out at the moment.

In May I’m hoping to step on my game, I want to post more on here, on instagram. I would also work on my WIP, I haven’t worked on it much. Some reviews are coming in the next month.


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Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways.

Dahlia Adler is an Associate Editor of mathematics by day, a blogger for B&N Teens, LGBTQ Reads, and Frolic by night, and an author of Young Adult and New Adult novels at every spare moment in between. Her books include the Daylight Falls duology, Just Visiting, and the Radleigh University trilogy, and her short stories can be found in the anthologies The Radical Element, All Out, It’s a Whole Spiel, and His Hideous Heart, which she also edited. Dahlia lives in New York with her husband, son, and an obscene amount of books, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @MissDahlELama.

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|Witchcraft and Monsters: A poetry collection by Kala Godin|

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If there’s anything Kala knows, it’s monsters.
Witchcraft and Monsters is a debut poetry collection by Kala Godin.

Kala understands that the human body can be its own kind of monster. She knows the way strangers both see her and don’t.
There is magic in everything we do.
And there are monsters in each of us.

This collection is broken into five parts.
Witchcraft.
Fairytales.
Bodies.
Bad ideas.
Endings.


Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a review copy.

I gave this a four out of five stars. I really enjoyed the authors writing it was so beautiful. Her poetry is unique and amazing, totally magical. I’m going to end up buying myself a physical copy. You should totally check it out! I loved her writing so much I highlighted some of my favorite lines.

Here are a few of my favorite lines:

“I don’t know love in small doses. I know how to spill my entire being out. I know how to love completely.”

“I am too much of myself for them, But never enough, Of what they want,”

“I am waiting, For my throne of bone, Blood, and ash.”

“She doesn’t want to be saved. Doesn’t want to be the damsel. of the Fiance. So she’ll teach herself how to a tsunami instead.”


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Most memorable books read in 2018

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  • The Wizard of Once/Cressida Cowell – this book will have memories for me since this is the book I was reading when I got the news about my grandma.
  • Little and Lion/Brandy Colbert
  • Vicious/VE Schwab
  • Blood Water Paint/Joy McCullough
  • Sadie/Courtney Summers
  • The Light We Lost/Jill Santopolo
  • Frostbite/Richelle Mead
  • Shadow Kiss/Richelle Mead
  • Carrie/Stephen King
  • Lolly Willowes/Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Bloom/Kevin Panetta
  • The Book Collector/Alice Thompson
  • We Have Always Lived in the Castle/Shirley Jackson

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I wrote this for you and only you by Iain S. Thomas

“I need you to understand something. I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you and only you. Everyone else who reads it, doesn’t get it.”

The follow-up to the international #1 bestselling collection of prose and photography, I Wrote This For You And Only is the third book in the I Wrote This For You series and gathers together the very best entries in the project from 2011 to 2015.

Started in 2007, I Wrote This For You is an internationally acclaimed exploration of hauntingly beautiful words, photography and emotion that’s unique to each person that reads it.

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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this, I’m very grateful.

This was the first Iain S. Thomas poetry books I have read and I have been wanting to read some from him for a while now. I have this a four out five stars, I really enjoyed it. There’s some quotes I really liked. There’s some lies that gave me an idea to write about myself. I love it when that happens while I am reading. I would totally recommend this, but if you don’t like modern poetry then maybe get a sample from amazon kindle first before you buy it or borrow from a friend if you can. It won’t be for everyone.

“If the thing you said you’d do makes other people happy, that’s great but don’t say things or do things just to make them happy.” pg 15

“may your own soul be company enough” pg 16

“you will watch them lose their minds and their hair. You will watch them get sick and get better. You will watch them succeed and fail. You will watch them get married, get divorced, get pregnant and yes, eventually, you will watch them die. Or they will watch you die” pg 20

“Don’t be angry and make art often. For those of you who do not make art, will make war. And those of you who do not make war, will be left to make art from what remains.” pg 22

“I know they don’t even know me. And maybe would be ok with me, if they did.” pg 24

“Never stop and never settle but settle down for the one who makes you want to be better. And settle down.” pg 35

“Just so you know, there are certain people who were put her to break you. So you could learn how to pull yourself back together again.” pg 170


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|Book Review: Blue Bird / Magda Ayuk |

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Book: Blue Bird

Author: Magda Ayuk

Published 17 April 2018

Pages: 242

Rating: ★★★★

Blue Bird is Canadian storyteller Magda Ayuk’s debut collection of poetry and prose. Blue Bird is the necessary and enduring journey of self-love. Ayuk explores this journey through the intersectional pulses of freedom, race and gender. Blue Bird is the gentle reminder that we are all light beings, and deserve the peace we seek. Blue Bird is warmed by Ayuk’s Cameroonian roots, which drip magic on every page.

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I got my copy of Blue Bird by Magda Ayuk from publisher Black Chateau,  this is my first time reviewing a poetry book.

I enjoyed a lot of the poems, and I highlighted whole poems and some lines.  This is the type of Poetry I like.  I didn’t love it,  I didn’t feel connected to a lot of them.  With some of them I didn’t feel anything afterwards.  With poetry it’s like that sometimes if I didn’t feel a connection with it. The poems weren’t very long, most of them were pretty short.

A few I enjoyed are:

Self | page 15

One flesh | page 142

Strength in Numbers | page 144

Nature | page 187


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|Febuaray wrap-up|

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  • Shadowed Ascension/ Wendi L. Wilson ☆☆☆☆☆/g
  • Shadowed Truth/ Wendi L. Wilson ☆☆☆☆/5
  • We carry the sky/ McKayla Robbin ☆☆☆☆☆/5
  • Milk and Honey/ Rupi Kaur ☆☆☆☆/5
  • Einstein’s Cat/ Tom Skinner ☆/5
  • The Edge of Never/ J.A. Redmerski ☆☆☆☆☆/5
  • A Court of Mist and Fury/ Sarah J. Maas ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆/5
  • The Princess Saves Herself In This One/Amanda Lovelace ☆☆☆☆/5
  • The Edge of Always/J.A. Redmerski ☆☆☆☆/5
  • By Your Side/ Kasie West ☆☆☆☆☆/5
  • The Room Mate/ Kendall Ryan ☆☆☆☆/5
  • Full Package/ Lauren Blakely ☆☆☆☆/5
  • Quarter Mile Heart/ Jenny Sigel ☆☆☆☆/5


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|January book Haul 2017|

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  • Of Fire and Stars/Audrey Coulthurst
  • Shadowed Strength/Wendi L. Wilson
  • Hey Sunshine/Tia Giacalone
  • The Girl in the Moon/Janet McNally
  • Lucky you/Erika Carter
  • The Most Dangerous Place on Earth/Lindsey Lee Johnson
  • The Grownup/Gillian Flynn
  • Wayfarer/Alexandra Bracken
  • Lost Girls/Meriie Destefano
  • The Murder Complex/Lindsay Cummings
  • The Edge of Never/J.A. Redmerski
  • The Name of the Star/Maureen Johnson
  • Truthwitch/Susan Dennard
  • The Rose and the Dagger/Renee Ahdieh
  • Sherlock Holmes/Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It Ends With Us/Colleen Hoover
  • Melady’s Key/Dallas Coryell
  • Slammed/Colleen Hoover
  • Anna and the French Kiss/Stephanie Perkins
  • We Should all be Feminists/Chimananda Ngazi Adichie
  • Hummingbird/Sophie Elanie Hanson
  • We Carry The Sky/McKayla Robbin
  • Milk and Honey/Rupi Kaur
  • Lavender/Christopher Poindexter
  • First Year/Rachel E.Carter
  • The Stars Never Risen/Rachel Vincest
  • Shadowed Insticts/Wendi L. Wilson
  • Shadowed Ascension/Wendi L. Wilson
  • Shadowhunters and Downworlders/Edited by: cassandra Clare
  • The Shadowhunters Codex/Cassandra Clare

|January Wrap-up|

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  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone/J.K. Rowling ☆☆☆☆/5
  • The Grownup Gillian Flynn ☆☆☆/5
  • Shadowed Strength/Wendi L. Wilson ☆☆☆☆☆/5
  • Shadowed Instincts/Wendi L. Wilson☆☆☆☆☆/5
  • We should all be Feminists/Chimamanada Ngozi Adichie☆☆☆☆☆/5
  • Hummingbird/Sphia Elaine Hanson☆☆☆☆/5
  • Lavender/Christopher Poindexter ☆☆☆☆/5

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