Happy Pride Month! Here’s What’s On My TBR:

Happy Pride Month! We’re technically ten days into pride month, but I suppose it’s better late than never! Every year for pride month, I make it my goal to have most (if not all) of the books on my TBR to be LGBTQ+ books. Let’s start talking about what I’ll be reading this month!

1. I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

Technically, I already finished this book when this post goes up. However, I started reading it at the beginning of the month. I’ve been following Mason Deaver since I Wish You All The Best was called #EnbyLoveStory, and it’s awesome to see how much this book has blown up!I would promise that a review will come soon, but I am awful about posting reviews hehehe.

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Are People Still Buying Books? My School Survey Results

During my first semester, I had Statistics class where we were able to choose what we wanted to research for our final project. I read on a few articles talking about how print book sales were up in 2018. However, everyone I talked to said that believed reading was going down as a whole. Since I see the book hype first hand on Twitter, I thought the statistic wasn’t that unbelievable.

I wanted to explore if people truly do still buy books and where people choose to purchase their books if they do. I sent the survey out to some of my friends at school, and I posted it on my social medias (Facebook*, Twitter, and Instagram). In total, I received 170 responses. I asked the following questions:

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Where Have I Been? An Update on Senior Year, Drowning in AP Classes, & Reading (or Lack Thereof)

Long time no talk! Seriously, it’s been six months since I have blogged. SIX. MONTHS. That is insane. I’ve really missed being on here, but now that my life is slowing down I think it’s time to make this a priority again. I thought my ‘come back post’ can be me discussing just what I’ve been up to since my unplanned hiatus.

 

1. AP Classes Can Go To Hell

Okay so, I was not very smart when I enrolled in my classes. I decided to take four AP classes this year (AP Government, AP Psychology, AP US History, and AP Literature and Composition). This entire year has just been me DROWNING in work, especially in APUSH. I’ve really loved what I’ve been learning, but the workload is just so much. Thankfully, AP tests are on the horizon which means my classes will be pretty much over soon enough.

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Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich {ARC Review}

I read Dear Evan Hansen as an ARC borrowed from Axel! This in no way influences my opinions. 

Image result for dear evan hansen bookDear Evan Hansen,
Today’s going to be an amazing day and here’s why…

When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family’s grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell, that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend.
Suddenly, Evan isn’t invisible anymore–even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy’s parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their swirl of anger, regret, and confusion, he knows that what he’s doing can’t be right, but if he’s helping people, how wrong can it be?
No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. And a website. He’s confident. He’s a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. Until everything is in danger of unraveling and he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself.
A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.

Before I begin, I’d just like to say that I was obsessed with Dear Evan Hanse. Like, obsessed. I listened to it non-stop during a really difficult time in my life, so I have a special place in my heart for it. With that being said, this book fell flat for me. And, for many instances, was quite problematic. But, I’ll get into that.

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Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzie Lee {Book Review}

35888416Based on Mackenzi Lee’s popular weekly Twitter series of the same name, Bygone Badass Broads features 52 remarkable and forgotten trailblazing women from all over the world. With tales of heroism and cunning, in-depth bios and witty storytelling, Bygone Badass Broads gives new life to these historic female pioneers. Starting in the fifth century BC and continuing to the present, the book takes a closer look at bold and inspiring women who dared to step outside the traditional gender roles of their time. Coupled with riveting illustrations and Lee’s humorous and conversational storytelling style, this book is an outright celebration of the badass women who paved the way for the rest of us.

Women are great, y’all. A few years ago I read a book similar to this one except it was about women in the STEM field. You can read that review here. However, Bygone Badass Broads was more up my alley simply because I am not a stem person. I am more arts/humanities oriented, so I found this one to be more appealing. Bygone Badass Broads includes women from all different career paths and backgrounds, though!

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Goals For The Rest of 2018: Personal, Reading, and Blogging

Hello friends! Long time, no talk! I recently attended a program in New York City for two weeks, and even though I wasn’t there long, I learned so much about myself! (I may make an entire post about my New York experience…Let me know if that would be of interest!) I also realized so many things I’d love to change/improve about myself. So, I’m going to talk about them on here!

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April and May Wrap-Up

Wow, hello everyone! Long time no talk! I’m sorry my blog has been pretty dormant. The semester just ended, but I’m buried under a mountain of summer work. At least I have a few months to do it! Also, Happy Pride Month! For now, I’m here to talk about my month of April and May! I read a few books, and I did all the things…Let’s talk about it!

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Books on My Spring TBR

Hello everyone! As you can probably tell by my lack of blog posts, I’ve been incredibly busy and unmotivated lately. However, I finally snapped my six month long reading slump (HURRAY!!!). In honor of that, I’m going to talk about some of the books on my TBR for spring. (Side Note: As I’m writing this, it is currently snowing. So much for spring coming soon).

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January Wrap-Up

Hello everyone! January is finally over! It seemed like it lasted forever, and I’m excited for February to begin. I’m going to hit the ground running and be better at posting on time for my blogs, read more in my free time, and actually memorize my music for my school’s musical! I only read one book this month (I know… boooo). Let’s get into what happened last month and my plans this month!

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SST: Interview with Lianne Oelke (Author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner)

Hello everyone! Today, I am thrilled to have Lianne Oelke (author of Nice Try, Jane Sinner) on my blog as a part of Sunday Street Team! Nice Try, Jane Sinner was one of my most anticipated releases in 2018, and I’m so thrilled to be able to interview her. Without further ado, let’s get into the interview!

1. Have you always been a writer?

Nope! I grew up loving books, but I never thought I was smart or skilled enough to become an author. It turns out that effort is worth a lot more than innate talent when it comes to writing. One of the first things I wrote for myself was LOTR fanfic in the 8th grade. I started a handful of novels in university, but never followed through with them. JANE SINNER was different. Because the story is so personal (and hilarious, at least to myself), I found myself strangely motivated to see it through.

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When We Wonder by Fatima AlSuwaidi {Book Review}

I received this book from Fatima AlSuwaidi in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinions.

32990166When We Wonder is a journey through love and pain, hurt and healing. This collection of poetry and prose explore the different aspects of self-struggle and self-discovery, and all the things that make us wonder.

When I was emailed by Fatima asking if I would review When We Wonder, I was immediately interested. After reading other collections like The Princess Saves Herself in This OneLove, and YouMilk and Honey, and We Carry The Sky, I became interested in reading other poetry collections. Especially because Fatima AlSuwaidi is self-published and a diverse author! What I didn’t know is that When We Wonder would soon become one of my favorite poetry collections.

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YouTube’s New Policy and The Book Community (+List of Booktubers to Follow)

If you’ve seen some hubbub on Twitter, it may be because of Youtube’s new monetization policy. Monetization basically means that Youtubers can earn money from views. The policy before was that you only need 10,000 total views to be able to monetize. Their new policy is that channels must have 1,000+ subscribers and 4,000 hours of views in the past year. (Psst: Most of my information was taken from here if you would like to read more on it).

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