Not gonna lie, the beginning of March wasn’t glorious. I just got out of a tiny slump and I’m better now. I’m also 5 books ahead on my Goodreads challenge (I wish I didn’t give it all that importance, but I tend to get really competitive when it comes to beating the numbers) and I still feel like it’s not good enough. I wanna read ALL THE BOOKS, it’s not my fault !
What I read
🌹The Sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️): gushed about it there.
🌹Romanov by Nadine Brandes (⭐️⭐️): this was a big disappointment for me and I had a lengthy go at it. You can find my review here
🌹City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️): I had forgotten that this book was of monstrous size and that you can probably give someone a concussion with it. Nevertheless, still enjoyed it lots.
🌹The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) : kind of life-changing, strongly recommend !
🌹The Seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) : check out my review here !
🌹Heroine by Mindy McGinnis (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) : Review to come… (ARC)
🌹Love and Other Curses by Michael Ford Thomas (⭐️⭐️): this… wasn’t what I expected and I’m super disappointed. (ARC)
🌹A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare(⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) : I’ve been in a mood to read more classics and especially more Shakespeare. Imo this is a great comedy.
Head over to my Goodreads if you wanna know what I thought about these books !
🌹Emma by Jane Austen : I really love Jane Austen’s writing but for some reason, I have to read it in French (my native tongue lol not just saying it) otherwise I can’t do it.
TBR for August 2019
🌹King Of Scars by Leigh “My Queen” Bardugo : it’s time, folks. I’ve been putting this off for some reason but I REALLY WANNA GET TO IT BECAUSE I LOVE LEIGH SO MUCH.
🌹Anything by Shakespeare :I haven’t decided which play I wanna read next.
🌹Carry On by Rainbow Rowell : the pitch for this appeals to me a lot and I’ve had it to my TBR for ages.
🌹Slayer by Kiersten White : I’m a massive Buffy fan so I can’t wait to read this one !
🌹The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides : this is basically my attempt at getting out of my comfort zone reading-wise.
// One month book-buying ban //
I’ve made the decision to stop buying books for a month (~omg look at me, I’m so brave~) because (and I know I’ve said it before but the situation got a lot worse) my bank account is suffering. a lot. Hereare the books I have in my current TBR (bought). I tried to do a two-month book-buying ban last month and miserably failed several times (as if telling myself I wouldn’t buy a single book for two months provoked some sort of chemical reaction in my brain and made me buy twice as much as I normally would). So until the 18th of April, I refuse to buy a single book.
Most YA books I’ve read have one thing in common : romance. And I’m not fundamentally against reading about romance in YA. Romance is great and I would be lying if I were to say I hate reading about romance. I don’t. I’m a ride or die, will-go-head-over-heels for my OTP, will scream when they finally kiss and probably cry a lot along the way type of reader.
However, I find that as I grow older, I’m tired of romance. I’m not speaking about romance as a genre but romance in Young Adult novels because guess what ? Romance isn’t the center of everybody’s lives. It’s not what we all aspire to have and our existence don’t revolve solely around that. I want to read more books centered around friendship and I’m sure they exist somewhere. I wish that YA books about friendship were as advertised as the romance you can find in YA.
💎Friendship is important in YA because it’s important in real life💎
Friendship is in my opinion one of the most sacred and important things in life. Friends get you through the hard times and enjoy the good times with you. They’ll stick with you your entire life. If you’re blessed to find a friend, no excuse me, A Friend, or maybe Several Friends, you’ll quickly find out they’re the most important person in your life. Friends, and I mean True Friends, Your Ride-Or-Dies, the ones you know/feel in your heart will stick by you no matter what, no matter who you choose to become, or who you are, they are I M P O R T A N T.
Unfortunately friendship isn’t a predominant theme in YA. It sure is more than it used to be but it still feels like it’s not enough.
I’m not making this post with the sole purpose of complaining : I know it’s also up to me as a reader to find these books.
I haven’t read all the books in the world and I haven’t read all the YA novels either so I might just need to read more and then come back to this discussion. As of now, the only books I’ve read “centered” around friendship are the Raven Boys or Harry Potter (see my GR shelf where there are 29 books that I noted as “friendships”).
💎And here’s the other thing : books don’t need to revolve around friendship💎
You might be thinking “What the hell is she complaining about? She’s not making any sense” (maybe you’re not thinking that at all) but hear me out please. What would be nice is to read more about developed friendships, that feel real (as real as romantic relationships feel when you read about them). For example, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom have actual friendships and friendship arcs where the characters care about each other and grow fond of each other (don’t tell me Kaz and Jesper are not friends). I’m so tired of reading books where a so-called “friend” is thrown in there but they’re just your token friend, the one put there to make it feel like the MC has friends.
What do you think about the depiction of friendship in YA ? Any books I should know of ? Leave a comment below !
Although this was a cute and funny movie, it’s weird how it’s titled “How to be single” when the majority of the film is spent trying to find a romantic partner. I felt like they made several good points (how every single show about women trying to find themselves is usually about them trying to find a man/significant other i.e Sex and the City) but didn’t focus enough on why it’s so important to findyourself.
Captain Marvel(2019) :⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Brie Larson absolutely killed it as Carol Danvers. The humor was on-point, Young Nick Fury was a delight and Goose is Iconic. Now this movie really is about finding yourself and embracing your power and strength. Maria and Carol are an Iconic, Dynamic Duo. Not only that, Captain Marvel explores a diversity of subjects like war, guilt, rebellion and involuntary compliance. The scene with Jude Law aka Yon-Rogg where he wants to fight her without weapons and she goes “I don’t have anything to prove to you” just made my heart flutter. Bad Bitch Energy™ right there, friends. (The dedication to Stan Lee did make me tear up a bit and the fact that a kid yelled “We love you, Stan” in the cinema did not help.)
Pride and Prejudice (2005) :⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Directed by Joe Wright, this movie is something out of this world. You’ve probably heard of it/seen it, I’m just always late to everything. The scenography is gorgeous and every shot was beautifully filmed. I saw many people on Twitter gush about the movie and I UNDERSTAND NOW. There are so many details that make this movie perfect (the hand thingy when he helps her get on the carriage). Keira Knightley was the perfect choice for Elizabeth Bennet. Brb I wanna see it again… !
Mamma Mia (2008) : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This was a rewatch and I enjoyed just as much as the first time I saw it. I’m corny like that. While I have seen Mamma Mia 2 (and I sort of don’t want to because I wanna keep the pristine, glossy and perfect image of the first one I have made up in my head). The landscapes and color schemes are gorgeous, the soundtrack is AMAZING (ABBA just reminds me of holidays and love. Also, they make up at least 3 of the 5 stars I gave to this movie). I really like Meryl Streep in this movie. If you haven’t seen it and you’re looking for a corny yet tolerable romance movie, this one’s for you !S
Mon Bébé (2019) : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a French movie that just came out in France about the relationship between a mother and her children, specifically her youngest daughter who’s off to study in Canada and will leave the household soon. The humor was A+. Through the mother-daughter relationship in the movie, I saw my own relationship with my mother a lot in this. It’s overall a beautiful, heartfelt love letter to motherhood.
That was every movie I saw in March 2019 ! Did you watch any movie this month ? What did you think ? Tell me down below !
1° How many books is too many books in a book series?
I would say more than 5 is too much but if it’s really good, I might keep going til book 7.
2° How do you feel about cliffhangers?
I kind of have a love/hate relationships with them. Exhibit A: I hated with a passion the cliffhanger at the end of Catching Fire. The main reason for that was because I didn’t have Mockingjay. As long as I have the next book in hands, I don’t mind !
3° Hardcopy or paperback?
The cheap bitch in me wants to say paperback and I do mean it. But hardcopies feel so special and beautiful and when I have one in my hands, I feel like I’m holding something really unique. I almost don’t have any.
4° Favorite book?
Six of Crows Duology. I’m honestly quite bad at picking a favorite but based on my pure enjoyment of it, SoC wins. every time. no questions asked.
5° Least favorite book?
Is it bad that I have no answer ? I don’t think I’ve ever hated a book with a passion. Maybe the Matched Series ?
6° Love triangles, yes or no?
By principle, no. I’ve read about them enough. Come on, let’s stop. A love triangle DOES NOT make a story more interesting. It mostly adds unnecessary drama and it’s overdone. However, if they’re as beautifully done as the one in The Infernal Devices, heck yes.
7° The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?
The Darkest Minds ! Maybe because I tried to read it in French and something got lost in translation ? The female MC was insufferable.
8° A book you’re currently reading ?
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. It’s actually a re-read before getting to the monster that is Queen of Air and Darkness.
9° Last book you recommended to someone?
Six Of Crows to my best friend Holly (you can follow her there !). Still waiting for her to pick it up though.
10° Oldest book you’ve read?
The Odyssey by Homer was published in 720 BC !
11° Newest book you’ve read? (Publication date)
The Wicked King by Holly Black (such a great book!) was publish Jan. 8th 2019 !
12° Favorite author?
Leigh Bardugo. Not only did she write my favorite books of all-time, I really like her as a person. She never hesitates to be very open about certain issues and I think she’s really talented !
13° Buying books or borrowing books?
BUYING BOOKS ! I love to have them in my possession. *insert Gollum crouching over books saying my precious*
14° A book you dislike that everyone else seem to love?
A Court of Thorns and Roses ? Or Always and Forever, Lara Jean ? I just couldn’t get on board with these.
15° Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Bookmarks BUT I do dog-ear books when I don’t have a choice *gasp*
16° A book you can always reread?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen ! I love this book so much and there’s always more to pick up on !
17° Can you read while hearing music?
Sure ! It’s actually what I do when I’m in the subway and I don’t want to hear people complaining or couples being disgustingly cute.
18° One POV or multiple POV’s?
I love multiple POV’s ! Not too many though otherwise it’s hard to keep up.
19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?
Over multiple days. I’m a college student so I don’t really have the time to read it in one sitting.
20° Who do you tag?
Um. Awkward I don’t have any friends. Anyone who wants to do this tag I guess ?
Is there gonna be a day where I don’t gush about this book ? I don’t think so. You can check out my Goodreads review here although it mostly consists of key-smashing and intense fangirling. Leigh Bardugo created a very intense fictional world and her characters are super developed and three-dimensional (some of the best characters arcs I’ve seen). (Check out my SoC Pinterest board here)
💯The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon
This book changed my life ? This masterpiece tackles the story of Natasha (F I E R C E) as she’s about to get deported from the USA back to Jamaica, where she was born. She only has a day left in the US when she meets Daniel (S O F T) and the rest is history. This book is truly a piece of art and it honestly goes a lot further than some insta-lovey/romance novel. You can check my review here.
💯The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
Name A More Iconic Trio, I WON’T WAIT BECAUSE YOU CAN’T. If you had trouble with The Mortal Instruments Series, maybe try out this one. Set in the Shadowhunters universe, it goes beyond a love triangle and other things you might’ve heard about it. Starring : Two Soft Boys, A Badass/Smart/Kind Girl and So Much More.
💯The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I’m gonna say it again (just because) : I LOVE SOFT BOYS and this book could be titled The Soft Boys and Blue. The Raven Boys (i.e boys who attend Aglionby, a private school) are on a quest to find a “dead” Welsh King who’s supposed to grant a wish to the person who wakes him. They’re accompanied by Blue, who comes from a family of psychics and who was told she’d cause her true love to die. However, this is mostly a story about friendship and we don’t get these a lot in YA. The love they all have for each other throughout the series is heart-warming and you might fall in love with them too… I know I have. I still have the last book to read and I’m looking forward to it ! (My Goodreads Review’s available here)
💯The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I have a thing for books with Angry/Power-Thirsty/Fierce Female MCs. Jude Duarte is a human girl who was taken from our world along with her sisters to Faerie. She’s treated like dirt because of her humanity. This is a story about taking back your power, making questionable decisions and being a Bad Bitch ™. A great compelling universe with amazing world-building and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.
What are some of your favorite YA books ? Do we have any in common ? Tell me below, I’d love to know !
I know I’m gonna get too passionate writing this review, I need to chill. Okay here goes :
“Compared to that, what is falling in love? A series of small coincidences that we say means everything because we want to believe that our tiny lives matter on a galactic scale. But falling in love doesn’t even begin to compare to the formation of the universe. It’s not even close.”
This book was fantastic. It was so much more than anything I could’ve imagined. This story hit me hard and by hard, I mean as hard as a truck going FULL-SPEED on the highway and suddenly hitting a wall (is that fast ? I have to assume it is, right ?).
Why did the story resonate with me so much ? Because I saw SO MUCH OF MYSELF IN IT. And by SO MUCH, I mean that Daniel and Natasha are two sides of the same coin (the coin being my personality). I cannot tell you how many quotes I highlighted because I related to it on a spiritual, mystical level.
If you read Everything, Everything and didn’t like it, please give this one a chance ! I read Everything, Everything a while ago and I don’t remember much from it. But this book. Wow. I don’t know what to say except that I feel like so much love and effort was poured into this book and this is why this masterpiece exists.
ACCURATE FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS !!! Fuck yes. Oh my God, you don’t know how long I’ve been hoping to read this. The fact IS ladies and gents, some families are fucked up. And most relationships aren’t like in the movies. Not all siblings love each other, not all parents are as kind and loving as you want them to be.
The balance between the love story and a realistic portrayal of life. Yes, there’s some degree of insta-love (at least on Daniel’s part at the beginning) and a good amount of very fortunate coincidences. But this was so well balanced with a very realistic portrayal of LIFE.
I saw myself so much in Natasha and her approach of life, love and everything in between. And yet, I saw myself in Daniel too, being a hopeless romantic (I hate that expression but I can’t run from it, ITS WHO I AM).
Angry Girls Unite : “Psychiatrists tell you not to bottle up your feelings because they’ll eventually explode. They’re not wrong. I’ve been angry for months. It feels like I’ve been angry since the beginning of time.” Heck yes !!! I’m a broken record at this point but can I just gush about how good it feels to see an angry female MC ?
The format : Nicola Yoon, can I just say that it feels like this book was written for me ? Yes, I’m OBNOXIOUS like that ! I’m sorry!!! The multiple POVs felt so refreshing and you also get a lot of RANDOM FACTS (I LOVE RANDOM FACTS, I KNOW IT’S NOT AS AMAZING AS LIKING CHEMISTRY OR PANIC! AT THE DISCO BUT I LOVE RANDOM FACTS).
The commentary about the pressure teenagers are under : just when I thought this book couldn’t get more perfect, it did. I related a lot to the pressure Daniel was put under by his parents. “Life would be easier if I were passionate about wanting to be a doctor. Being a doctor seems like one of those things you’re supposed to be passionate about. Saving lives and all that. But all I feel is meh“. Even though I don’t feel that way anymore, I used to and the commentary regarding having to go in a certain way (job-wise) because “you’re supposed to”. My dudes, I was not ready.
The commentary about the United Statesand immigration: “If people who were actually born here had to prove they were worthy enough to live in America, this would be a much less populated country.” Nicola Yoon makes an excellent point there.
Some very necessary key-smashing
Daniel overthinking everything aka I-Already-Told-You-I-Related-To-Him-I-Have-To-Stop-Repeating-Myself
Irene’s story !!!
“I don’t believe in love.” “It’s not a religion,” he says. “It exists whether you believe in it or not.”
Daniel being SUPER SMOOTH
The balance between Daniel’s super romantic self and his realist self (he has one, I swear) : The poetic heart is not to be trusted with long-term decision-making.
“Jesus. Save me from the nice and sincere boys who feel things too deeply.”
Natasha’s father and his confusion as to why he has talent but “nowhere to display it” really hit my “everything-happens-for-a-reason” logic and I was here for it. Yes For Books That Make You Question Your Ways Of Thinking (And Incidentally All Your Life Choices). “We tell ourselves there are reasons for the things that happen, but we’re just telling ourselves stories. We make them up. They don’t mean anything.”
MIXED RELATIONSHIPS : Daniel’s parents wanting him to be with a Korean girl resonated a lot with me as I’m part of a family who would really dislike me being with someone’s who not Jewish.
The scenery : New York City Meets Cute Atmosphere Where Everything Is Pink And Soft And Everyone Smells Good But Also There Are Real Problems Out There (idk just the vibe I got from this book, SUE ME).
I think I can officially say I fell in love with a book.
Daniel and his brother : not every sibling relationship is about the sun shining and the birds chirping and support and love. Sometimes, people are assholes and sometimes, they happen to be your brother.
“You know the way we feel right now? This connection between us that we don’t understand and we don’t want to let go of? That’s God.” I AM NOT CRYING.
THIS FUCKING QUOTE : “All day I’ve been thinking that we were meant to be. That all the people and places, all the coincidences were pushing us to be together forever. But maybe that’s not true. What if this thing between us was only meant to last the day? What if we are each other’s in-between people, a way station on the road to someplace else? What if we are just a digression in someone else’s history?”
Have you read The Sun Is Also A Star ? What’s a book that hit you RIGHT in the feels ? Tell me about it !
How did this happen ?Good question. (I honestly just like to talk a lot). I had been wanting to start a blog for ages and now is as good a time as any.
I’ve been repeating that 2019 is going to be the year I do all the things that scare me (I’m 20 years-old so it’s about time). It’s also gonna be the year of self-love and self-care and over the years, I’ve figured that I do best when I’m reading. Obviously, that’s not the sole component of my well-being. However, it does have a role to play. So here I am. With a blog.
As this is (“supposedly”) an introduction, I thought I’d share with you my goals for the year regarding my reading and this blog !
🚀My goals for 2019🚀
🚀Posting two times a week : I plan on posting on Thursdays and Mondays. I’m currently a student in law school which is why this might be a little tough to keep up. I wish I could post more (and who knows I might ? I’ve never run a blog before so a few trials are in order). I’m also planning on doing Monthly Wrap-ups and TBR. I review most of the books I read and I’m planning on double-posting them on here but also on my Goodreads (*Gollum’s voice* “My precious” aka yes, I am a bit of nerd, back off).
🚀Being a more critical reviewer : this is something I really care about. I’m no professional literary critic ! I read mostly Young Adult/New Adult and Classics (sometimes). I like to see a silver lining in what I read and try to be as open as possible.
🚀Read 70 books : 2017 was a good reading year but I missed my reading goal (which was 50 books and I missed it by ONE BOOK). 2018 was better (same goal but I reach 65 books). This year, I feel (nay, I KNOW) it’s gonna be a great reading year. I’ve already read 14 books, which I’m really proud of !
🚀Engage more in the book community : in order to do that, I created a Twitter account ! (I’m really REALLY BAD at social medias).
🚀Now, as much as I love books, I also just love to talk about A LOT OF THINGS : so probably expect that too. I’m passionate about some random things (movies, life, MUSIC, Brooklyn 9-9, how much I hate tomatoes although that’s probably not worthy of a blog post) and I like to write about them which is why they might be posted here !
So yes, this is my blog plan for 2019 ! Do you have any reading goals for 2019 ? Tell me about them ! PS : English is NOT my native language which is why there might be some typos or grammatically incorrect sentences, don’t hold me accountable.