Summer 2019 Goals // Reading & Writing & Swimming + More!

Hey loves! What’s so crazy to me is that it’s been a whole year since my Summer 2018 goals! Since I have a really long summer stretching out in front of me with all its glorious possibilities I decided to make a post of my goals for it!

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Bookish Goals

1. Create And Stick To A Blogging Schedule // I used to have a really rigid blogging schedule, back when I posted almost every day. Since then, I’ve cut back, and my blogging is more…spontaneous? Having a schedule and scheduling posts was definitely helpful though so I really need to work out a schedule–hopefully consistently posting 3-4 times a week.

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2. Write Full Novel!! // I just write a lot less than I used to for some reason and it’s kind of sad 😦 I just got so busy during the year that I stopped writing as much. I really want to pound out a whole new manuscript/story this summer and I’m sure I can do it!

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3. Request More ARCs! Hopefully Get Some… // So I just like…don’t really get ARCs. I’ve gotten three in the 1.5 years I’ve been blogging and to be honest I’m kind of insecure and I wonder why I don’t get more? Maybe it’s all in illusion that people get so many, but I do have over 1000 followers, and I do request and typically never get a response sooo… Anyways, I will resolve to try harder fingers crossed!

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4. Figure Out Header Images // I don’t really have header images…I have divider flowers, but not headers because I don’t like bookish photography or anything and I’m too lazy and my broken down computer doesn’t edit well so idk but I want pretty header images lmao.

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5. Read Outside!! // This is not the most relevant but the weather during the summer is so amazing and I’m always holed up in my room I should really go outside and enjoy the weather while I’m reading!

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Personal Goals

And now because what the hell this is my personal blog and why not, I figured I’d put some of my personal not blogging/bookish goals here!

6. Stretch More! // I used to dance/do color guard, and I quit due to disagreements with the coach/team, but I do still want to be flexible, and since I don’t stretch as much, it’s started to go. I would love to be able to do a back walkover since I can do a backbend and I’m really comfortable in a bridge, and I want to get my oversplit back–at my most flexible a couple years ago I could do about 6 or so inches over on both sides!

7. Exercise more! Swim! // I’m so out of shape lmao it’s kind of pathetic. Summer is the great time to exercise more though since the weather is so nice, and even going for walks on the beach is better than nothing, yet it’s so fun! And I can swim, but not well, and since I’m anticipating going to the beach a lot, and love getting in the water, it would be good to be able to not drown lol.

8. Hang Out With High School Friends // This one is kind of bittersweet. I just graduated high school, and as amazing as that was and as excited for college as I am, I’m kind of sad to be going to a different school from all of my friends. Some of my closest friends will be hundreds of miles away from me! This is kind of our last summer together, our last summer as a group of friends before everything changes, and I want to make the most of it ❤

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Let’s Chat

What are some of your summer goals? Do you get more reading done during the summer, or does it not really matter? I’d love to chat in the comments below ❤

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Fate, Fame, and the First Kiss Review // A Fluffy Fun Contemporary

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Title // Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss

Author // Kasie West

Publisher // HarperTeen

Publication Date // February 5, 2019

My Rating // ★★★★☆

Synopsis // Lacey Barnes has dreamt of being in a movie for as long as she can remember. However, while her dream did include working alongside the hottest actor in Hollywood, it didn’t involve having to finish up her senior year of high school at the same time she was getting her big break. Although that is nothing compared to Donavan, the straight-laced student her father hires to tutor her, who is a full-on nightmare.

As Lacey struggles to juggle her burgeoning career, some on-set sabotage, and an off-screen romance with the unlikeliest of leading men, she quickly learns that sometimes the best stories happen when you go off script.

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So after reading a few of Kasie West’s books and really hating them, I basically swore off her books. But then I was browsing through the library and I saw this book and I was like eeehhhhh and aaaahhh and then I lost my self control because it sounded so cute! After all, I thought to myself that most of Kasie West’s books that I hate are her earlier books, and I actually enjoyed her later books! Well, I’m so glad that I lost my self control because this book was super cute and I actually really enjoyed it!

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This book follows Lacey, who we got to meet for a little bit back in Love, Life, and the List, which is a book I really enjoyed (and by the way we get cameos from other characters in that book so yay!). Lacey has always wanted to be an actress, and here she may be getting her big break in her first starring role in a movie!

I’m kind of trash for books about famous people and Hollywood, so there was so much in this book I really liked. I loved seeing behind the scenes in a movie, with actors shooting and reshooting scenes, hanging out in trailers, dealing with fans, and being nervous about having on screen kisses! There was a lot of random drama about actors worrying about how they’re portrayed in the media and stuff like that, and it was so much fun to read along to.

However, in addition to her new actress life, Lacey is still trying to finish up her senior year of high school, so she was a bit more grounded and it was a certainly more relatable. Trying to do math homework when you could be hanging out with actors on a movie set is definitely a problem! I really enjoyed seeing her trying to balance out her life.

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Donovan, Lacey’s love interest, was the sweetest! I loved how Lacey was just randomly showing up with her face made up to look like a zombie and stressing about creating chemistry with his costar and he was so over it like I didn’t sign up for this I’m just here to help you do math. I also loved Lacey’s banter with her friends. I loved seeing her hang out with her costars, and scheme over how to set up one of her friends with her other friend. It was just such a light hearted fluffy cinnamon roll book!

There was also a sort of mystery aspect to the book; it seems like someone is trying to sabotage Lacey and get her fired from the movie set, and she has to figure out who it is! I honestly didn’t guess who it was, and enjoyed trying to figure out and piece together the clues to figure it out along with Lacey! I had so much fun guessing, and then second guessing myself.

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Overall, this book was such a fun fluffy read. Was it particularly deep? No. Did it seriously mess with my feelings and leave me a wreck? Nope. Was it especially insightful, or something that’s really going to stick with me and leave me thinking about it for months to come? Nah. But it was definitely so much fun to read in one sitting, and if you’re looking for a light contemporary to devour, I recommend!

 

Top Ten Tuesday // Most Anticipated Releases From The Second Half Of 2019

The second half of 2019??????? Listen dudes, the second half of 2019 I’m going to be in college!!!!! This is so weird how time flies….

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1. The Queen of Nothing 

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I need this book more than I need anything. I will sell my soul and all my organs for it. Give it to meeeeeeeee.

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2. Supernova 

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I’m so excited to see how this trilogy ends!!! That cliffhanger at the end of Archenemies was cruel

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3. Girls of Storm and Shadow

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Doesn’t everyone in the world want this one? I’m no exception. I love my Asian girlssss

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4. Eclipse The Skies

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Ignite The Stars was so amazing I love Ia and Brinn and also this cover is a wow

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5. House of Salt and Sorrows

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Twelve Dancing Princesses. Creepy old house. Beautiful coverrrrr

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6. The Girl The Sea Gave Back

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Sky in the Deep was sooo good and therefore I need this book now

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7. Fine Me Their Bones

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I loved the first book and I’m just dying to know what happens next!!

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8. Queen of Ruin

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The follow up to such an amazing feminist fantasy is sure to be amazing!

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9. We Are The Ghosts

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Of course I love road trip books, and this one about loss and discovery sounds absolutely beautiful

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10. Spin The Dawn

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I’ve seen a bunch of hype around this one and an Asian fantasy with a seamstress sounds so cool

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Let’s Chat

What are some of your most anticipated releases? What body parts would you be willing to sell of to get a copy of The Queen Of Nothing? I’d love to chat in the comments below ❤

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The Summer Bucket List Book Tag // Beachy Reads, Sweet Treats, And All My Summer Opinions

Hey loves! It’s been 1000 years since I’ve done a tag, so it’s definitely about time I did another one. And when I was tagged by the lovely Tiffany from Read By Tiffany for her original tag, The Summer Bucket List Book Tag, I knew that I had to do it! My looong summer break is just starting and to say that I’m thrilled would probably be an understatement!

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The Rules

  • Link back to the original creator in your post.
  • Feel free to use any of my (Tiffany’s) graphics in your post, or create your own! (I’m going to be using them because they’re absolutely gorgeous!)
  • Tag 5 other people at the end of your post, and let them know you’ve tagged them.

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Summer Bird Blue // Just looking at the cover, could I possibly choose another book for this category? Set in Hawaii, it’s a perfect beachy read!

Summer Note: I’m always down to hit the beach. I love getting into the waves and it’s most fun when my eyes and mouth are stinging from the salt. 

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A Court of Mist and Fury // It is a truth universally acknowledged that Feyre and Rhysand have pretty much the most firey of firey romances!

Summer Note: Who doesn’t love watching fireworks on the Fourth of July? There’s something so exciting about running around with sparklers for sure!

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feeling like a million bucks when there are fireworks around

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Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour // I used to take a road trip with my family every summer, so this summer road trip book definitely gave me all the feels. Perfect for summer reading!

Summer Note: A road trip will always be my favorite way to spend the summer ❤

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Winter // The entire Lunar Chronicles series was so phenomenal, with so many characters, high stakes, a crazy plot, and amazing friendships and romances, so I was absolutely starstruck reading it! And, well, oh my stars, it definitely takes place among the stars lmao puns.

Summer Note: I love camping! Used to do it all the time on road trips! And watching the stars away from the light pollution of civilization is truly magical!

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The Wicked King // Could anyone put this one down? Once I started reading it, I devoured it and needed to finish it! Walked around the house with my nose buried in this one for sure. And now, well, can someone please give me Queen of Nothing yesterday?

Summer Note: I’m always down to marathon movies! Definitely planning to do a Harry Potter movie marathon this summer!

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me and my book bfs watching movies together

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before // Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky have such a sweet romance! Honestly, if I ever had a romance like that I would die from cuteness! Also, the sweet food in the book doesn’t hurt…

Summer Note: Duh I’m down for ice cream. I have no regrets. Also homemade ice cream is such a perfect summer thing!

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I Love You So Mochi // This book was such a breath of fresh air! It was so sweet and cute, and I loved all the adorable descriptions of food and fashion, and the Japanese culture!

Summer Note: Sitting in a grassy park biting into a fresh, juicy peach, with music playing from a phone with friends…some of my best summer memories for sure.

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Kaz Brekker from Crooked Kingdom // He definitely has some issues and has immense character growth from the end. He doesn’t completely conquer his phobia, but he makes progress, and it’s honestly so much more satisfying and amazing than anything else could be.

Summer Note: Wow do I have exercise but still I love hiking..the views…so worth it

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Small Town Hearts // I mean, just look at the cover and you’ll see. This book has so many treats that my mouth was watering all the way through and that’s just the way I like it.

Summer Note: Of course I always love some delicious grilled barbecue!

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when there is food, i am excitement

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The Hate U Give // Okay, this book is honestly more depressing than inspiring at first, showing just how unjust the world can be. But the fact that Starr continues to fight for what is right despite how the odds are stacked against her is so inspiring. And I was lucky enough to hear the author Angie Thomas speak on a panel, and hearing her talk about writing ordinary heroes for minorities to be able to see, writing what she wanted to see despite being so scared to write it, was one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever witnessed.

Summer Note // I’m definitely not a morning person lmao but I LOVE watching the sunset by the beach, watching the water have orange and red stripes…it’s so beautiful ❤

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Tag! You’re It!

Siobhan // Kelly // Xandra // Ellyn // Kaya 

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Let’s Chat

What are some of your favorite things to do in the summer? Beach is definitely at the top of my list! Do you agree with any of my book choices? I’d love to chat in the comments below

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Sorcery Of Thorns Blog Tour Review //A Gripping, Magical, Fantastic Whirlwind

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Title // Sorcery of Thorns

Author // Margaret Rogerson

Publisher // Simon and Schuster

Publication Date // June 4th, 2019

My Rating // ★★★★★

Synopsis // From the New York Times bestselling author of An Enchantment of Ravens comes an imaginative fantasy about an apprentice at a magical library who must battle a powerful sorcerer to save her kingdom.

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined. 

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My Review

Many thanks to Simon and Schuster for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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This book has me emotionally damaged and I don’t quite know how to function right now. I’m trying to write a review, but I’m not entirely sure I can manage a coherent sentence right now because my thoughts are more along the lines of aaaaaahhhhhhh aosidjlfksoaidfjklasldkfj but I will try.

The premise is absolutely enchanting and incredible! Elisabeth is an apprentice in a Great Library, where she’s grown up surrounded by dangerous and powerful grimoires, and is determined to do her part to protect the kingdom from the power they hold, holding firm against evil sorcerers who would use them. Of course, as often happens to book protagonists, all does not exactly go smoothly when a devastating sabotage frames her and drags her off to the capital, an entire new world from the sheltered life she’s lived before.

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I loved the world building! I could really picture myself in this world, and was truly immersed in the book while I was reading it! I loved the way sorcerers were showed here, as people who bargain with demons for their powers, and the way we slowly learned more and more about their magic throughout book as Elisabeth goes from a sheltered librarian to being right in the middle of a tangled plot with them! Seeing the role libraries played with them was incredible too! And demons! We got to see so many different types of demons, see their incredible powers for both good and bad and it was so immersive and incredible!

Can we just talk about magical libraries? If that isn’t the greatest idea for a book ever then I don’t know what is! The books in this world are incredible! They have hearts and souls, and are looking for people to treat them kindly and I just want to hug a book and tell them they’re appreciated. They flap their pages and fly about, get into fights with each other if disagreeing books get too close, spit ink at each other, and can transform into full on beasts! Every time we got another description of books being I was just like YES!

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The plot was so high stakes and incredible and right when I finished reading the book, I was breathing heavy like I just ran or something because it was so intense and I was so stressed by it and really into it!! There were a couple of moments where it looked like all was well and people would get a happy ending, but I could see there were still 200 pages left so I just knew that something bad was going to happen and it was so stressful that I was basically glued to this book and refused to function until I’d finished it! (And now that I’m finished with it I still don’t really know how to function).

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I thought the pacing was perfect too, and the plot was always moving forward! There were some action scenes, and some scheming and planning scenes, and just some cute fun scenes, and overall there was so much happening that there was never a dull moment in this book!

I really loved how this story explored right and wrong, good and evil. Elisabeth has always known that sorcerers are evil, but then she allies herself with one, and ends up doing things she never thought she would. One of the main characters is a demon, and throughout the book he does the sweetest things that make you love him, and then turns around and insists he’s truly horrible and does things that kind of prove it, and it just makes you question prejudices and thoughts about right and wrong.

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Elisabeth is such a phenomenal character! At the beginning, she’s clearly naive and sheltered, and it was cute and kind of funny watching her being so overwhelmed as she traveled to the larger world than she grew up in. But even though she was clearly terrified, she fought fiercely for what she believed was right and was such a strong character. She grew so much throughout the book as well, from challenging her morals and what she’d always believed in, to becoming more and more willing to plunge into situations that terrified her (and I would lowkey just die in) to fight for what she believed in and by the end I was like wow you are badass I love you.

Nathaniel was the actual best and will definitely be joining my list of top best ever book boyfriends!! Seriously I LOVE HIM. He’s lowkey cocky and self assured (he’s a very eligible bachelor and he knows it ahah) and he had so many witty lines that had me smiling and laughing at. But that’s just the top layer and if you peel that away he’s such a complex character. He pushes people away and tries to stop people from getting close to him because he knows he’s not all rainbows and sunshine and he has such a tragic and twisted past and doesn’t want people getting involved in that mess and potential darkness and he’s kind of like cocky, funny, messed up, tortured, and cinnamon roll all at the same time and if that sounds like a lot it is but I PROMISE YOU WILL LOVE HIM!!!

Okay, time for the romance. It was The Actual Best. It was a a slow burn forbidden romance and so swoon worthy!! Also, there was just the right perfect amount of it in here. Sometimes I get frustrated when romance overwhelms the plot in fantasies, but it definitely didn’t do that here, and always played background to the crazy fantasy main story, but still having hints to make me so happy!

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The ending of this book definitely blew me away! For the last 150 pages or so I was glued to my book, turning pages so quickly (and staying up late too!) to finish it because I just had to know what happened! Characters and their strengths were tested, and it kind of wretched out my heart so yeah. Also, that last page???? !!!!!!!!

Anyways. In summary: read this book.

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About The Author

CoverMargaret Rogerson is the author of the New York Times bestseller An Enchantment of
Ravens and Sorcery of Thorns. She has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from Miami University. When not reading or writing she enjoys sketching, gaming, making pudding, and watching more documentaries than is socially acceptable (according to some). She lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, beside a garden full of hummingbirds and roses. Visit her at MargaretRogerson.com.

 

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 27 – Alexa Loves Books
Tuesday, May 28 – The Novel Knight
Wednesday, May 29 – Adventures of a Book Junkie
Thursday, May 30 – Awkwordly Emma
Friday, May 31 – Mel to the Any
Monday, June 3 – The Fox’s Hideaway
Tuesday, June 4 – The Starry-Eyed Revue
Wednesday, June 5 – The Bookish Beagle
Thursday, June 6 – Super Space Chick
Friday, June 7 – Flying Paperbacks
Monday, June 10 – Bookshelves &Paperbacks
Tuesday, June 11 – Nightly Reading
Wednesday, June 12 – Novel Heartbeat
Thursday, June 13 – Hammock of Books
Friday, June 14 – The Everlasting Library
Monday, June 17 – The Eater of Books!
Tuesday, June 18 – Beware of the Reader
Wednesday, June 19 – This Dark Material
Thursday, June 20 – That Artsy Reader Girl
Friday, June 21 – SimplyAlly Tea