A Very Late February 2019 Wrap Up

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Hi everyone! I’m sorry to be posting this so late, but I have been working non stop on my thesis since I’m really behind on it and, because of that, I haven’t had much time to blog.

Without further ado, here’s my february wrap up:

LIFE UPDATE

  • February wasa pretty stressful month for me, I was planning two long trips and while I’m really excited to be going on those trips, all the things related to planning like buying tickets and making reservations made my anxiety get really bad. Also, I’m really behind on my thesis, so that didn’t help the situation with my anxiety.
  • In February. I finished my internship and started my last month of classes, but beyond that not a lot happened.

WHAT I READ 

This year I’m participating in a few reading challenges, so I’ll be keeping track of that with some emojis!

                     🌸 =Reading Women Challenge 🌿= Catch Up on Classics                                    ⭐= Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-fi Challenge 🌻= Year of the Asian

 

The Wicked King by Holly Black (5 stars): Just know that I LOVED THIS! Read my full review to know more. – ⭐

Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth (3,6 stars): bittersweet, beautiful and touching story with an autistic main character. Check out my full review!

Hi Fi Fight Club # 2 by Carly Usdin (4,3 stars): I love the art and the color palet in this, also the story is endering and entertaining.

 

Baby Maker by P. Dangelico (3,6 stars):  This was fun, but not very memorable. I really like books where strangers make an arrangement to have a baby and end up falling in love, so I enjoyed that aspect of this, but that basic premise is almost all I remember about it.

Dirty Rowdy Things by Christina Lauren (3,4 stars): Fun and steamy, but also a bit frustrating.

Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren (3,4 stars): I think this was a case of my expectations being too high. I’m a huge fan of friends to lovers stories and this started in a very promising way but, when they actually got together it felt underwhelming.

 

Let’s Get Textual by Teagan Hunter (3,6 stars): This was hilarious, sexy and sweet. The love interest was so nice, which I loved, and the dynamic between the characters was highly entertaining, especially their text messages. Also, there’s a baby goat in this, what else do you need to know?!

The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan (3,5 stars): The text messages in this were the best part, they felt like real messages between real people and the voices of both of the main characters were so well done. This was really angsty and it uses a trope at the end that I don’t like.

The Risk by Elle Kennedy (3,8 stars): This has fake dating, which is my favorite trope and it was well done. I do think that there was an unnecesary storyline with the main character’s past at the end, but that meant that there was a heartbreaking but beautiful father/daughter scene that I really appreciated.

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson (4 stars): Really interesting, thought-provoking book. It explores race and class in a very complex and nuanced way.

Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed (4 stars): This is a book with an important message since it addresses islamophobia. I really enjoyed Maya’s story and her development thorughout the book, even if I felt meh about the romantic relationship. Also, I think the little inserts from random people’s povs didn’t work that well – 🌻

Black Enough by Various Authors (3,7 stars): As with every short story collection, there were some great stories and then there were also a lot of meh stories.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brönte (3,6 stars): Every character was a dislikeble character and most of them were terrible people, but I still found the story interesting and engaging.🌿

Blog Posts 

Here are some of my favorite blog posts I wrote in February:

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to read any of them?

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Anticipated Releases of February 2019

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Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about some of the books that are coming out in February 2019 and that I can’t wait to read!

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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas 

Release Date: February 5th

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

Why am I anticipating it?: I obviously read and loved The Hate U Give and I can’t wait to read Angie Thomas second novel. The cover’s amazing and I have heard great things from the few people that got arcs and I’m just excited to get this! Also, it comes out right on time for Black History Month, so I will be reading this as soon as I get it. 

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The Risk by Elle Kennedy (Briar U #2) 

Release Date: February 18th

Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.

And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, & too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me. I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend. For every fake date…he wants a real one.

Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him. That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take.

Why am I anticipating it?: This book has fake dating AND enemies to lovers, which are two of my favorite tropes, so I would read it just for that. But the truth is that I have been meaning to read this since I finished the first book in the series, because I loved Brenna when she was introduced in that book and now  she is gonna be the main characters. Also, the glimpses we got of Brenan and Jake in the first book left me really intrigued about their dynamic.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon 

Release Date: February 26th

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

Why am I anticipating it?: Dragons + Matriarchy+ Secret Society of Mages??!  I CAN’T WAIT to get my hand on this book!  Not only does it sound amazing, I actually  have heard great things from people that got arcs.

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We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia 

Release Date: February 26th

At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything he’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

Why am I anticipating it?: This is close to the top of my list of most anticipated books of 2019, it has a Latinx main characters, the author is also Latinx and there’s an enemies to lovers f/f romance. I mean WHAT ELSE COULD I ASK FOR??! Nothing, really, but still this book gets even better becuase it discusses important subjects like gender roles, immigration and being undocumented. I honestly can’t wait to read it! 

What February book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of the books I mentioned? Have you read any of them already? what did you think about them?

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August 2018 Wrap Up

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Life Update 

  • There’s not much to tell, I have basically been preparing to move to Spain for a year on the 20th of September. So there’s being lots of paperwork, packing my apartment, and spending time with friends and family during August.
  • The only other thing is that I’m hosting the #LatinxBookBingo and that had been so well receive, especially on twitter,  which has made me really happy and it has made the whole experience feel extremely especial.

What I Read 

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (4,3 stars): I really enjoyed this book, it has a soft male love interest, which is rare in romance, it has #ownvoices autistic rep, there’s a lot of chemestry between the two main characters and the book is really steamy and there’s a lot of sex scenes, which I like, but if it’s not your thing be aware.

The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar & Michelle Schusterman (4,3 stars): I loved this book, I loved all three main characters, I loved the female friendship and I loved the premise of the three conventions. Also, there’s two really cute romances, there’s lesbian rep, non binary rep, mexican rep and I think there were well handled.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud (4,3 stars): I loved the two main female charaters in this one and I loved the fact that it’s a Moroccan inspired fantasy. Here’s my review!

Useless Magic by Florence Welch  (3 stars): This is basically a book with the lyrics to a bunch of Florence + The Machine songs, there’s a few doodles and phrases that are added, but not much of this is new. Nonetheless, I listen to all the songs as I read so I had a good time.

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung (3,5 stars): this was relatable for me as an introvert, it was funny and it was a quick read.

Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie (3,6 stars): This is the first Hercules Poirot book I have read in which he’s trying to solve a case from the past and I still enjoyed it but it didn’t blow my mind. Honestly, I have started to notice the repetitive elements that Agatha Christie uses in her novels, so the books are losing a bit of their appeal.

Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid (3.6 stars): I liked the two main characters and I liked he fact that they used to be  best friends but haven’t spoken in years, the plot was a bit predictable but not entirely, I didn’t like the time jump between the last book and this, and I didn’t like that we saw so little of the rest of the Winstons.

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale (3,2 stars): The plot of this was really predictable,I wasn’t completely sold on the romance, I didn’t really felt the chemestry between the characters, but it was still fun to see a cute f/f romance.

The Chase by Elle Kennedy (3,4 stars): I liked the chemestry between the characters nad I liked the way in which the relatioship developed. Also,  I really liked the female friendship in this and the side characters.

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G. (3,4 stars): Best friends to lovers is my favorite trope, so I enjoyed that aspect of this book, the conflict at the end was a bit dumb and it relied on miscommunication, which I didn’t like, but overall, it was a fun read.

Sincerely, Arizona by Whitney G. (3 stars): This was just an epilogue for Sincerely, Carter. It was cute, but that was it.

After the Kiss by Lauren Layne (3,6 stars): This is like anothe version of How to Lose a Guy in 10 days and it was actually really fun to read. The main characters are very different but they have a lot of chemestry; the male main characters is the serious and a bit dominant kind of guy, but it wasn’t excesive, and the female main character, whom I liked a lot, is charismatic and nice.

Love The One You’re With by Lauren Layne (3,8 stars): This book has an amazing love interest, he is flirty and a bit cocky, but he is a nice guy from beginning to end. I also liked the female main character and how heartbreak was shown in the story.  I enjoyed the battle of the sexes aspect of the story and the chemestry between the characters.

Just One Night by Lauren Layne (3,5 stars): This is a friends to lovers story, but the actions and conversations of the two main characters didn’t show them to be as good friends as it was being said they were. That definetely lowered my enjoyment of the story, just like the fact that I didn’t like the male main character that much. However, I did like the female main character.

The Trouble With Love by Lauren Layne (3,8 stars): I really liked both main characters in this book, I could relate a lot to the main female character, who was an introvert and kind of quiet and serious, I liked the fact that they had history and there was all the mystery surrounding their failed engagement 7 years before.

Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne (3,8 stars): I loved that this story revolves around two sportwriters and it touches a bit on how difficult it is to be a woman in the sport industry. I really liked both of the main characters. The main problem I had with this is that the female mc had self-esteem issues and she could go more than a couple pages without mentioning that she wasn’t pretty or sexy or desirable, and it definitely got a bit repetitive.

On the Blog 

Here’s everything I posted this month on the blog:

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to read any of them?Tell me what happened in your life during August! What did you read? What did you post? 

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