Happy June! – Reading Update

I have been away and I am so sad about it! Life had me doing some twist and turns. I’m finally back with some book news.

I am currently reading “Half Wild” by Sally Green and almost 80% done with it. I should be done with it later today or tomorrow and I will most a review. It’s interesting judging by what I’ve already read.

As far as books I will read this month, I’m always hesitant about posting a list because I am such a moody reader. I choose a book usually by my mood most of the time and other times I choose the genre I want to read and I haven’t read a lot of. But here are a few books I plan to read this month:

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If I stay true to the list of books, I will be AMAZED! I will try VERY hard to stay focused and not read any “new” books until I’ve read these and all are on my bookshelf other than “The Glass Arrow,” which is a very good thing! I’m trying to read more books from my shelves instead of buying new ones and have them constantly pile up.

That’s all I have for now! Happy reading.


Mini Book Haul!

I took a break yesterday from a long morning of studying and decided to go to one of the Barnes & Nobles in my city (the biggest one). I could go to the book store every day of my life and I would find a different book I want to read. Here’s the books I bought yesterday:

speakFrom the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party.

I’ve been hearing a lot about this book recently. I know that it covers sensitive topics. Topics that I won’t discuss here, but if you want to know more, you can Google search and find out for yourself.  It was originally released in 1999. I’m sure this book resonates with many young people which may be why it was re-released. It basically covers topics no one wants to voluntarily talk about.

soldLakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

I’ve seen this book PLENTY of times and finally decided to pick it up. A movie adaptation is available now. I’m not sure if I’m going to watch the movie, but the book interests me. I had to chose between this book and The DUFF, Sold won! It also covers a sensitive topic. I’m always looking for books about young girls and women with a setting in other countries. I find stories about foreign girls and women the most intriguing, especially if they’re experiencing something considered taboo.

I cannot buy anymore books before I move! I’m going to have a hard time moving my book collection, so I have to have a physical book buying ban until April 1st! *fingers crossed*

Insanely Popular Unread Books On My Bookshelf

Have you ever had books on your bookshelf that everyone raves about, but you have yet to read them? I think we all do. As I read and watch people talk about these books, I began to think about the same books I have on my bookshelf that I haven’t read yet! Here are a few popular books I have yet to read (or finish reading. oops):

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Some of these books I started reading, got bored, then put them down and haven’t picked them up again. Others I haven’t started reading at all. I am curious to know why they are so popular, though. I want to get back on populars soon, but I don’t know exactly win. It seems as if my TBR pile gets higher and higher by the minute. I am literally drowning in books!

I know this is off topic, but you may have noticed that I haven’t posted any book reviews lately and it is for good reason! I’ve been studying to get my teacher certification. I take the exam next Monday, so it will all be over soon and I will start posting book reviews again. Hopefully, I’ll be able to review at least one book before the month is over. *fingers crossed*

Happy Valentine’s Day! + eBook Deal!

I hope you all are having a wonderful day of love. I am VERY pleased to say that one of Jenny Han’s popular books, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is now $1.99! You can purchase it through Amazon or Apple at this price until February 28th. I have a physical copy of this book, but eBooks are so much easier and comfortable to handle than physical books. Here’s more about the book:


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

There has been recent news of a sequel to this book, so if you’re interested it is great price right now!

Tips For Decluttering Your Bookshelf

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Since I’ve been having a hard time with overcrowding my bookshelf with books (imagine over 200 books on one bookshelf. Yikes!), I want to save you from your impending doom! Here’s a list I compiled for making your bookshelf look fabulous!

1. Stop buying books!

Physical books, of course. 🙂 I know this may be hard to swallow, but you have to do what you have to do! Why buy more books when you know you can’t read them all at once and you never know when you may get to them? This is the very first step to keeping your bookshelf decluttered and looking its best. Maybe you can focus on building your Kindle or Kobo library?

2. Only include the books you plan to read soon on your bookshelf.

Some people have what is called a TBR bookshelf; meaning it is reserved for books they plan to read very very soon. The more books you can read from your TBR bookshelf, the better. When you read those books, you can replace them with books you want to read next.

3. Use neat decorative items to fill in empty spaces. It gives your shelves a finished, yet simple look.

If you really want to give your bookshelf a new life, then narrow your collection down to only a few books on each shelf and make sure to leave empty spaces, that way you won’t feel so overwhelmed. Feel free to occupy those spaces with figurines, candles, cards given to you for special days, etc.

4. Buy more bookshelves.

If you’re like me, you don’t mind crowding loads of books on your shelves. Even double and triple stacking them as I am known for doing! The easy remedy to this is buying more bookshelves. Bookshelves are really expensive, but I have found a few on Amazon that look pretty good for the price.

5. Use other areas in your home to store your books.

Currently, I have books stored around my apartment. I have books on my bookshelf, of course. I am using my media stand to store books and I have another wood stand to store books in the past. The best way to have many books is to store them in different places around your home instead of one place, which can be overwhelming on the eyes.

6. Donate books to your local library.

One new thing I’ve started this year is to donate books to my local library at the beginning of every year. I donate books every January. I accumulate many books during the year and some of those books I didn’t like, so the best way I thought of getting rid of them was to donate.

7. Try to find books at a good price so that you wouldn’t mind giving away a few to friends and family once you’ve finished reading them.

I know giving books away can be hard, but at least they won’t go very far! If you love getting bargains, even for books there are sites that offer books at a bargain price. I found sites like Half Priced Books and Book Outlet to help me in this area. When I only paid less than $5.00 for a book, I wouldn’t mind giving them away opposed to paying over $15.00 for one.

8. Invest in book subscriptions. 

There are popular services out there like Oyster and Amazon that charge you per month, which allows you to have thousands of books at your fingertips. I have an Oyster subscription and it has cut down on my book buying tremendously. My only gripe about it is they never finish the trilogies/series! For example, I read book one and two of the Mara Dyer trilogy and they don’t have the third book. The same with the Throne of Glass trilogy. Stand alone books are in abundance. If you read a lot, these services are worth the money.

9. Check out library books.

Checking out library books can be great and save you a lot of money, especially if you read a book that you wouldn’t dream of buying. It comes in handy when you read a book and hate it. You can return it without any strings attached!

10. Read as many books from your bookshelf as possible.

I have to admit to having a problem with this! I read more books on my Kindle (books I bought and checked out from the library) than books from my bookshelf. Even then I continue to buy more physical books. Here’s a way to read more books on your bookshelf: Set a number of books to read from your bookshelf per month. Easy!

I’ve listed 10 things that work for me. What are some things that work for you in decluttering your bookshelf?

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B&B TBR For February


So many things happen in February! Black History month, Valentine’s Day, and Mardi Gras (I’m from Louisiana. It can get crazy). Whoa! Busy month, indeed. I want to read certain books to celebrate this wonderful month of the year. I plan to read African American literature, romance/contemporary, and participate in Fantasy February which is mainly on Youtube, but I want to participate anyway! You basically read as many fantasy books as you can this month.

I am not one of those people who can have a TBR list for the month and stick to it. I can only share what I hope to read in February and if I read some or any of these books, it will only be known to me at the end of the month. I REALLY want to stick to this month’s TBR. I will try very hard! Here’s what I plan to read:


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From My Bookshelf: “The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August”


I’ve decided to pull a book from my bookshelf to read at least once a month and feature it on my blog. The first one I’ll be reading from my bookshelf this year is The Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. I saw someone showing this off on YouTube and I decided to pick it up. Also, it reminds me a lot of Every day by David Levithan which I absolutely LOVED. I hope to love this one as well.

This book follows a man named Harry August. Every time he dies he goes back to a child. He goes back in time many times before he dies again, but this time it all changes. He finds a little girl by his bedside and she asks him to help her. She calls him doctor and she needs to send a message. Soon Harry tries to save a past he can’t change and a future he can’t allow to happen.

Can’t wait to get into the story!

Top 10 Books I Read In 2014!

Since it’s the end of the year its only befitting to publish a post featuring my top 10 books of 2014. I have read a lot of books this year, but there are only 10 that I read and will forever cherish in my bookish heart. Let’s get to my top 10, shall we?


10. The Story of Awkward by R.K. Ryals


9. The Fault in our Stars by John Green


8. Forever by Judy Blume


7. The Merciless by Danielle Vega


6. Every day by David Levithan


5. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness



4. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld


4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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3. The Giver by Lois Lowry


2. Legend by Marie Lu



1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


2014: My Year In Books

I decided to share the books I bought over the year. I didn’t think I would collect this many. I am a book collector, but sometimes even I get surprised with how many I’ve accumulated. I did not count them. I spared myself. lol. These are all the books I bought this year minus a few I didn’t include. If you need to know the title of a book, let me know!









Last Book Haul of 2014!

Around Thanksgiving and Christmas I get super excited because the deals on books are never ending. I bought books during the Black Friday event and the Boxing Day event (the Friday and Saturday after Christmas) that were both hosted through book outlet. The books that you will see in this post were books I ordered during the Boxing Day event, so here’s what I bought!


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: A Graphic Novel

I read my first graphic novel this year and I was immediately hooked. I’m starting to build my graphic novel collection and I’m really excited! If you are a frequent reader of my posts, then you’ll know and understand that I love dark and gory books! So, this pick shouldn’t be a surprise. There isn’t much to explain about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Everyone knows! The same story in graphic novel form. 


Hunger by Knut Hamsun

A true classic of modern literature that has been described as “one of the most disturbing novels in existence” (Time Out), Hunger is the story of a Norwegian artist who wanders the streets, struggling on the edge of starvation. As hunger overtakes him, he slides inexorably into paranoia and despair. The descent into madness is recounted by the unnamed narrator in increasingly urgent and disjointed prose, as he loses his grip on reality. (Summary from Amazon.com)

I cannot WAIT to read this! What intrigued me about this book is the struggling writer trying and failing to sell his written work to those who publish journals. A story that tells you the dark side of pursuing your passion and knowing where it gets you, but you carry on anyway. Amazing.


Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott

Good to a Fault follows a divorcee who has to come to grips with her husband and family being almost non-existent in her life. One day she gets into a car accident with a family who is homeless and living in a car. She decides to help them, while leaving her family puzzled about her actions towards people she does not know. Through all of this she forms a new relationship and more decisions she has to make about her life and the life of the family she’s taken responsibility for.


The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani

I am a huge fan of stories involving women (as lead characters) that take place in different countries around the world. I’ve been reading about these women and social taboos they were faced with. This story is about a 14 year-old Persian girl who thinks she will be married within a year, but her fate changes when her father dies. Soon after, the girl and her mother are homeless without money and without a dowry for marriage. A rug becomes their salvation and the story unfolds from there.

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The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season is incredibly popular in the book community. I’ve read and watched enough reviews of this book to buy it. On the other hand, I’m a bit scared to start reading overhyped books because I may end up not liking them, but I will give this one a try.

This is the first book in a dystopian trilogy and it takes place in 2025. The lead character is a girl who is capable of dream walking. She gets snatched away and taken to a secret prison where she discovers there are creatures who are out to capture and kill individuals like her.

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The God of War by Marisa Silver

The year is 1978. Ares Ramirez, age 12, lives with his mother, Laurel, and his younger brother Malcolm in a trailer at the edge of the Salton Sea, an unintentionally man-made body of water in the middle of the Southern California desert. It is a desolate, forgotten place, whose inhabitants thrive amidst seemingly impossible circumstances.

Ares’ struggle with the burden of responsibility — to himself and to others — draws him into a world of drugs, violence, and sex that he is not prepared for, launching him into a very personal battle for his own identity, one that has a lethal outcome. (Summary from Amazon.com)


Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me by Ellen Forney

Marbles is another graphic novel I purchased. I thought it was really cool because it’s a memoir by Ellen Forney in an art form, which makes sense since she’s an artist. Ellen tells her story about being a crazy and creative cartoonist as well as stories of other bipolar artists and writers.

This wasn’t included in the boxing event order. I bought this a few days before. There was only one left and I always managed to miss out on buying it before it sold out, so I didn’t miss out this time. I bought the last copy!