Top Ten Favorite Book Blogs

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is just about the best one ever because I can talk all about my favorite bloggers!!!!! I’ve already done this a lot but there’s no such thing as too much love ❤ I’m tagging/linking all of the blogs so you can go check out their amazing websites!!! Here are my Top Ten Favorite Book Blogs/Bookish Websites in no particular order!!!

1. Another Book In The Wall. 

2. Malanie Loves Fiction

3. Paper Fury

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4. Emma Reads Too Much

5. Touch My Spine Reviews. 

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6. Lili’s Blissful Pages

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7. Andrea’s Nirvana

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8. Bound to Writing

9. Bookishly Bree

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10. Bookishly Rebecca

Honestly, most of these blogs I’ve raved about how amazing they are a bunch before and also I hardcore procrastinated this post so I don’t really have time to rave about how amazing they all are so just TRUST ME THEY’RE GREAT!!! Also I have a lot of other favorite blogs that I’m probably forgetting right now because I’m stupid so these are just ten of hundreds of amazing, wonderful, fabulous bloggers to love ❤

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Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour Review || An Amazing Road Trip Travel Story

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Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

“The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren’t looking for them.”

A while ago there was a Top Ten Tuesday blog prompt that was talking all about “the travel bug,” where I mentioned some road trip books that I absolutely adore. Well, it turns out that all of those amazing road trip books that I love are NOTHING compared to this beauty ❤

When her family unexpectedly moves from California to Connecticut the summer before her senior year, Amy ends up getting stuck with the duty of having to transport their car across the country. And good and bad–she’s not doing it alone, she’s doing it with her childhood friend Roger (who she actually forgot existed), who has to get from California to Pennsylvania. Good because who would want to be stuck driving alone in a little car for 4 days, bad because who would want to be cooped up in a little car with a practical stranger for 4 days?!

First, I’m just gonna put a disclaimer that a huge part of the reason I loved this book so much is probably because of a lot of childhood nostalgia from taking road trips. When I was a little kid, my family and I took so many road trips just like this one (including one that’s basically the reverse–from Pennsylvania to California), and I haven’t taken one in a while, but after reading this, I really, really want to, and I’m sure you will too! And if you haven’t gone on a road trip like this–well, you’re going to want to!

There are just so many fun things about taking road trips that you can see from this book! There’s In-‘n-Out, which is definitely easily the best burger place in the world and thank you very much for the recognition. There’s the amazing Yosemite National Park and the bear boxes that are lowkey terrifying because really, is that tiny box going to withstand a gigantic terrifying bear? There’s the Loneliest Road in America, which actually feels like you’ve left all civilization forever, and the amazing mountains and forests of Colorado. (These above are all things I’ve done before and I’m just itching to do again). And there’s so much more!! (But I don’t want to spoil haha!)

One cute thing in this book was the addition of Amy’s road trip scrapbook! There were a bunch of pasted in menus, receipts, playlists, and photos that made the whole thing seem so much more authentic (and also give me the itchy travel bug even more!!).

Amy is such a great character. She’s so awkward and skeptical, but also determined, especially when she finally steps outside of her comfort zone. She definitely matures a lot during the book, which just made me love her so much more, especially at the end when I was all like YOU GO GIRL!!

If this was all the book was–just a light, fluffy, fun summer contemporary–I would absolutely adore it. But it’s more than that–there’s a deeper, sadder element underneath it too, and it especially shines through in Amy’s growth, and really makes the book, making it something amazing.

This book is definitely my new favorite Morgan Matson book, as well as my favorite summer book, and one of my all time favorite contemporaries ever!!! A must read for the summer time (I suspect I’ll be revisiting this next summer 😉 ), and for just whenever ❤

★★★★★ / 5 

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Casting || Being Biracial (Discussion)

This is actually super random and maybe the random-est post I’ve ever done and also has not much to do with anything but, I don’t know, I just wanted to write it so bear with me and thanks for putting my with my weirdness.

So, if you read my blog you probably know by now that I absolutely adore Jenny Han’s book/series, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. I love love love it for a lot of reasons, but one of the reasons I was really drawn to it was because the protagonist, Lara Jean, is half Asian and half white, just like me.

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As of now, To All The Boys is one of only two books I’ve ever read with a half Asian protagonist. I feel that half Asians are extremely underrepresented, and you have no idea how much I connected with Lara Jean for being biracial alone!!! (Among other things, but still!!) I have a close friend who is also “waisan” (white/Asian) and she also agrees that part of the reason she loves the book/read it is because of Lara Jean’s race!!

So you probably know that there’s going to be a movie coming out on August 17th!! I honestly CAN’T WAIT!!! I’ve seen the trailer TONS of times! I was basically watching it on repeat the day it came out. Seriously. CAN’T. WAIT!!!!!!

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I noticed in the comments of the trailer a lot of people expressing their feelings on how happy they are that beautiful Asian girls are finally getting represented in movies!! And this made me SOOOO happy to see because tbh it’s about time. I’m so happy too!!!

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BUT ALSO I did notice that Lara Jean doesn’t look biracial. She’s being played by a Asian actress (she’s Vietnamese), and she look like that. Trust me, I know. I know several waisan people and that’s not what they look like. At this point, my biracial friend and I agreed that we’re just waiting for a **plot twist!!** Their dad isn’t their dad!!! (not really haha but the meaning stands).

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There’s a lot that comes with being biracial that doesn’t come with being full Asian or white. There’s looking weird and nobody knowing what the heck you’re supposed to be. (Oh, are you Latina?) There’s not fitting in because all of your white friends say you aren’t like them, can’t relate, and all your Asian friends say you aren’t like them either, can’t relate. (Oh no, you aren’t really Asian). There’s not really looking like either of your parents, and both sides of the family saying I look like a foreigner in their respective countries (She doesn’t look a thing like us!).

The thing is, I think everyone would be furious if Lara Jean was played by a full white actress. But is that really any different from her being played by a full Asian actress? Obviously I know that it’s different because Hollywood and the movie industry have such a problem with whitewashing, and POC never really get to be seen on the big screen compared to white people, but still… She’s equal parts white and Asian! 

I feel like the bottom line is that I rarely get to see people who look like me in movies or popular media, or just my everyday life! And I was really hoping to see someone I related to in Lara Jean… Anyways, I’ll still watch the trailer obsessively on repeat and do the same when the movie comes out. I’m still excited that Asian actresses are getting their time to shine. But I’m still not entirely happy…

Sorry this was so long; I’ve just been thinking about it a lot and want to get it off my chest!! Let me know your thoughts on this in the comments below 🙂 Any other biracial friends? ❤ ❤ ❤

Weekly Wrap Up || August 11, 2018

Hello friends and welcome back to another Weekly Wrap Up! Another week has come and gone and it’s actually killing me how fast summer is leaving ahh!

Books Read

  • The Samurai’s Garden: 3.5 stars. Read this because it’s my summer reading–ugh so not excited to be writing an essay on it soon. It was a good book, if kind of boring. It’s just not my style and I doubt I would have read it voluntarily.
  • Ella Enchanted: 5 stars. Felt like another one of my 10000000 rereads. Perfect, like always ❤
  • The Glittering Court: 3.5 stars. It felt a bit inplausible, and I never really connected with the story, but still fun to read, in a sort of The Selection way.
  • Love, Life, and the List: 4 stars. I’m totally reading all the summer books I can and mourning what my summer wasn’t and this was kind of silly but also cute and feel good.

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Reading Next

  • Love and Luck. Finally my library hold is ready and I loved Love and Gelato so much that I can’t wait!!!

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Blog Posts

 

Other Things

  • I know it’s been out for a while but I’ve almost talked my friends into seeing Christopher Robin with me and I actually need to see it it looks cuter and cuter every time!! Anyone else Disney trash like me? 🙂
  • I feel like I’ve been catapulted back to 2013 or something because I’m listening to so much Lorde lately. Idk, she just showed up in recommended on YouTube and suddenly I was obsessed in memory lane again wow time flies.
  • Most important: I finally finished my WIP!! It’s about 65,000 words and I’m so happy it’s done 🙂 It’s a Morgan Matson type summer contemporary that I started at the beginning of summer and finished at the end (*cries end why*) so I think I really got the mood and feeling of summer down and I’m most proud of that ❤

 

Let’s Chat!

How has your week been going? Have you read any of these books? I’d love to chat in the comments below ❤

A Court of Frost and Starlight (Mini Rant) Review: A Boring Fluffball Lacking Plot

31076583Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. 

Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

 

“Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.”

Honestly, everybody’s probably said it all but I’m just going to jump on the bandwagon and review this book too. Three months too late, but hey, that’s because I’ve been waiting THREE MONTHS for my library’s one copy of the book to pass through seven other people and finally get to me despite putting it on hold back in April…

Let me just disclose the fact that I LOVE the trilogy. I gave all the books 4 or 4.5 stars. Really, I do. I’m not a Sarah J Maas hater, I’m just not here for this “novella.”

So what’s in a spoiler anyways, because there’s pretty much nothing to spoil about this book. I mean, usually there’s some tension, you don’t know how it’s going to turn out, scary ahhh coming for the end, but this was literally 229 pages of absolute fluff, so I’ll talk about stuff that happens in the middle/end of this book, but I wouldn’t really consider it a spoiler… Now, I’ve read a couple of reviews saying things like oh, it’s just a novella, it’s supposed to be fluffy and doesn’t need a plot! But I’d just like to take a moment to appreciate the fact that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is shorter than this book. And that book had an incredible plot in 223 pages sooooooo

The book is told through the alternate points of view of Feyre, Rhys, and a few other people like, I think, Mor, Cassian, and Nesta. Buuuut for some reason, Feyre and Rhys got 1st person POV, and everyone else got 3rd person, and it actually bugged the crap out of me. I mean, why? Why? I guess the next three books will probably be third person, but still, why? Just keep it consistent pls and thank you.

Anyways, I’m gonna be real, the only person whose POV I was interested in was Cassian. Cassian was great and I was so down for him and Nesta to have some little romantic spark! (But of course we don’t get that because Nesta is being a grade A b*tch and I lowkey started shipping Cassian with this random girl from one chapter in a shop whose name I don’t even remember). I don’t know when that happened because at the end of ACOWAR I literally loved Feyre and Rhys, but now I’m just tired of them. Yes, they’re perfect together and there’s absolutely no conflict so please stop beating us over the head with how great they are.

I mean, let’s just talk about Rhys for a second. Why is it that all he can do is think of having sex with Feyre?? At this point, does he even like Feyre for anything beyond her sex appeal? (yes i know he obviously does as we see in ACOMAF and ACOWAR but you wouldn’t know it from reading this book).

But Feyre was far worse. First of all, she’s all about being that High Lady and whoo hoo woman’s rights feminism!! eXCEPT… “High Lady of the desk.” Why is it that Rhys is all out negotiating making treaties and doing stuff, and Feyre is sitting at home doing paperwork, painting, and shopping?

AND ENOUGH WITH THE SHOPPING!!! I literally don’t care about you going shopping. I swear, this book could have been cut in half if we cut out all the unnecessary shopping, talking about “oh no, what am I going to get him???” talking about “ooh I have just the idea for what to get him!!” and all the other baggage that comes with shopping, aPPARENTLY. Also, I’m so sick and tired of Feyre beating us over the head with how wealthy they are, but at the same time being like “oh no, I don’t feel right spending so much money!!!” STAWP. Once is enough–you don’t need to remind us of it every 20 pages.

ANDDDD… (I guess this is kind of a spoiler but not really so read on at your own risk) I was extremely pissed when Feyre was like ooh ooh ah I want to have a baby!!! In the past she was all about living with her and Rhys for a while, being independent, and not needing to have a baby for a long time, and then here she was just like ah whatever I’m an immortal I’ll live forever as evidenced by my friends who are 500+ years old but I still need to have a baby when I’m 21 and settle down being a docile housewife making my house and bringing my husband food on a tray when he comes back from a long day where I was shopping like a Bella Swan wannabee.

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So one of the most irritating things in this book was with regards to Tamlin. Now, you might already know that I don’t hate Tamlin as much as most and feel like SJM deliberately wrecked his character in ACOMAF (I thought he was flawed, bad, but not this completely horrible monster!), and you can read my full blog post in partial defense of him, but I thought the treatment of him here was just horrible. To beat a man while he was already down. Rhys comes and pretty much rubs in his face how he has everything Tamlin ever wanted while Tamlin is already destroyed. It’s pretty much the equivalent of someone beating someone up in a fight and then coming back to kick them again while there’s nothing they can do about it. It was just low and diminished my like of Rhys.

Also SJM please cool it with the mate and male stuff. I am really not here for gentlemales. Also, why are girls still girls but women have to be females??

At this point it basically seems like I hated the book but alas, that was not the case. It was very problematic and also nothing happened but it was still a bit of a feel good piece of fluff. (The snowball fight in particular was super adorable!!!) It’s a really quick read–I think I finished it in two hours or so–and will help if you’re craving more of the inner circle!

★★ /  5