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March 2022 Wrap Up

No offense to anyone whose birthday is in March or who just really likes March, but in my opinion, March is the worst month. Given the way my school system works, I have exactly zero breaks in March (other than weekends) so it’s just a generally exhausting month where we’re just doing school, school, school.… More

Things I’ve Used as Bookmarks

Say you’re reading a book. And then suddenly you have to get up and do something…and there aren’t any bookmarks nearby. This happens to me way more than I’d like to admit, and usually I just end up picking the nearest thing to me. Which…is not always the best shape or size to mark my… More

3 Bookish Things Tag

Hey, everyone! Aah, I’m finally getting through all the tags that I was tagged for, which feels pretty nice! I was tagged for this one by Madeline @The Bookish Mutant quite a while ago, and it looks like a very unique tag! 3 Read-Once-And-Loved Authors Darcie Little Badger is definitely one of these. I enjoyed… More

Why Should We Reread Books? A Discussion

I actually first published this post way back in September of 2020, only a few weeks after I started my blog. I totally forgot about it until I went looking back to my old posts searching for something else and stumbled upon this gem instead. It’s a pretty cool post, and honestly the original wasn’t… More

Interview with Rosiee Thor, author of Fire Becomes Her

Hey everyone! Today I’m here with an author who’ve I’d had visit my blog before – Rosiee Thor! The last time that Rosiee visited here, it was my very first author interview and we discussed their debut novel, Tarnished are the Stars. You can find that interview here. But Rosiee recently had another book published… More

February Wrap Up

I really wanted to write an intro to this post that did NOT talk about how fast time has gone, but I then spent a good five minutes (it was more like half a minute, but it felt like five) thinking of what I could start this post by saying, and having not thought of… More

4 Awesome, Underhyped Authors

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to write a really simple post, but one that I’m also very excited for. There are a lot of authors out there whose books get insanely hyped up, whose new releases are anticipated by what seems like everyone, and those books are awesome, and absolutely rightfully hyped and anticipated. But… More

Evermore Book Tag

We’re at that time of year where I try to do all the tags that I’m way behind on. I promised I’d get to this one, so here I am, completing this tag over a year after I was tagged for it. Thank you so much to Ahaana @Windows to Worlds and Karla @Another Bookworm… More

The Best Books of 2021 Book Tag

It’s early February, I’m finally (kinda) getting used to writing ‘2022’ in the date lines of my school papers and…let’s look back at my favorite books of 2021 through a tag! I was tagged for this one by Madeline @The Bookish Mutant, and I know that it’s February already, so we’re over a month removed… More

January 2022 Wrap Up

It’s still so weird to write ‘2022’ right there, because it’s not 2021 anymore. It’s not 2021 anymore. How is this possible? (it’s also weird for me to write ‘2022’ there because I really only just started acknowledging that I have to put the year, because I have more than one January wrap up now).… More

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen: Book Review

Hey all! Seeing as this is a book blog, I figured I should probably actually write a book review. You know, because that seems like a pretty important part of a book blog. And I haven’t actually done this in a while (when was the last time? July???) Whoops. Anyways, I got Little Thieves for… More

The Aesthete Blogger Award! (#1, 2, 3)

Hey everyone! Today, I’m going to be doing the Aesthete Blogger Award. It is about time that I get to this award. I was tagged to do this quite a while ago, but you all know me, it takes me forever to get to any tags! I’m super excited to get to this one today,… More

Christmas 2021 Book Haul

Christmas is the time of year when I get the most books, without a doubt. It turns out I’m very hard to shop for, because the three things on my list are just books, chocolate and money. Not a very comprehensive list. But because of this, I end up getting a LOT of books. It’s… More

Welcome 2022: Reading Plans for the Year

It’s now been 2022 for a few days now, and I wanted to do a post on a few books I wanted to read, goals I have, and more for 2022! This post is basically just miscellaneous beginning-of-year things, but I figured I may as well write it. Let’s get into it! The Goodreads Reading… More

December Monthly Wrap Up

Can we first just appreciate that I actually posted this wrap up on time, like on the last day of the month, not a week into the next month? Thank you. Believe it or not, 2021 is over. Like, we’re actually headed into 2022. And I know I’ve already said this about 5,000 times this… More

4 Bookish Resolutions for the New Year

We’re just about at the New Year, and I thought that I’d do a post about a few things I want to do–related to books–beginning in 2022. They’re things that I’ve seen on other people’s blogs and wanted to try out, or just things that I think would make my own reading experience much more… More

My 5 Favorite Books of the Year

It’s the end of 2021. And I literally cannot believe that I’m writing these words so soon.It feels like just yesterday that I posted my massive January of 2021 wrap up, reading 26 books and talking about how the new year has just started. This entire year has gone by way too fast, and so… More

The 2021 Book Tag: an Original Tag

Hey everyone! I’m back, with a SUPER exciting post! I introduce to you, my 2021 book tag!!! To be honest, when I made my 2020 book tag last year, I did not expect to make one again this year. The 2020 book tag was to reflect a crazy year that none of us expected and… More

November Wrap Up (2021)

There is no way that time actually exists because if it did, it would not already be November.Also, I would actually have time to read more than I do, but since the days and weeks and months just INSIST on slipping through my fingers, I guess I don’t get that. Act Cool by Tobly McSmith.… More

Recommend a Blog: Introducing a new page!

It’s been a long time since I added a new page to my blog. Mostly, I’ve just kept with the original format of my blog, written new posts, and barely paid attention to each of the pages. But after wanting to discover new blogs for a while and not having a great way to do… More

The Bookish Blog Tag

Hey, everyone! It’s been a very long time since I actually did a tag, and I have so many stacked up in my drafts folder that I decided to do one FINALLY! I was tagged for this tag by the lovely Madeline @The Bookish Mutant, way back in January (sorry it took so long to… More

October Wrap Up

I feel like the months are finally slowing down.I mean, it’s still totally crazy that it’s already the end of October. November is upon us, there are only two more months of 2021. But it feels like school has finally slowed things down, so now I’m at a…normal pace, for how fast the months are… More

5 Reasons I’m So Grateful for Blogging

I said that I’d write a post like this when I did my blogiversary post, but then the terror that one calls school started and I got nothing done blogging-wise. By now, I’ve been blogging for an entire year (and a little more) and I honestly can’t believe it. It feels like yesterday that I… More

September Wrap Up

Hey all! First of all, I am so sorry for my disappearance this month! I was absolutely planning to keep writing posts but then…school. School also extremely decreased how much I read this month, which means this wrap up is going to be MUCH shorter than normal, but here we go. She Who Became the… More

August Wrap Up

The end of August is upon us and I cannot even believe it. September means going back to school, for me. September means the fall. I cannot believe that we’re already to September. There are only four more months of the YEAR???? Of 2021???? What is this MADNESS? Follow Your Arrow by Jessica Verdi. I… More

It’s my Blogiversary!!!

You all probably read the title, but I’m just going to say it again: It’sMyBlogiversary. One year ago today, I launched my blog. I wrote my first post (which was extremely cringey but isn’t that true for everyone?). I have been writing on this blog for an entire year, posting my thoughts, my favorites, the… More

Book Review: The Sal and Gabi Series

Hey, everyone! Today I’m here to review a pair of books that I really should have reviewed sooner, given that I read them nearly a month ago at this point. I wasn’t originally going to review these, but I realized how fun and exciting they really are and how much I wanted to share them… More

Sports in Books: A List

This is post 2/2! I published my first post of this extremely short series a few days ago, and that was a discussion of sports in books. You can find that post here. In this post, I’ll be sharing some books I know that are about sports. These are books that revolve around sports or… More

Sports in Books: A Discussion

There are a lot of sports going on right now.Essentially, there are always a lot of sports going on at the professional level, at least where I live in the USA. There’s hockey and basketball in the winter, and then baseball starts in the spring and goes through October, and football heads through fall and… More

People You See at Bookstores

I love bookstores What reader doesn’t? Bookstores=places to buy books. They’re entire stores DEVOTED to selling those bound pages filled with ink, etched on in a specific order to create a beautiful story. So where the heck is this going? On Wednesday, July 7, I went to a bookstore for the first time since quarantine… More

June wrap up

Welcome back to another of Phoenix’s wrap ups! I feel like the beginning of this month, I read very slowly, and then I read a lot of books at the end of the month, so that’s nice! Anyways, how??? is??? it??? already??? July??? I read 14 books this month, which is pretty good for me!… More

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating: A Review

It has been 155 days since I last wrote a book review on my book blog.Given this, I figured that I should probably write another book review.I finished reading Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating on Tuesday and I LOVED it! I’m super behind on all my goodreads reviews and since I haven’t reviewed… More

My 5 Favorite LGBTQ+ Books

Given that it is still pride month, I figured I would publish a list of my five favorite books with queer rep in them! I feel like I haven’t done a list post in a long while so I thought I’d start with this! I clearly don’t know what to say in my intros, given… More

May Wrap Up

I’m back!I’m so sorry for my completely unexplained disappearance from the blogging world this month. It was entirely unplanned but unfortunately some outside factors had a bit of a sway in this. I’m going to try to post regularly in June and I’ll explain more with what happened farther down in this post.In other news,… More

Spoilers! A discussion

Don’t let that title fool you! I’m not giving you any spoilers in this post (well, aside from spoilers on how to avoid spoilers–if you don’t want to know how to avoid spoilers in books, turn back now!!!)Anyways, hey everyone I’m back again because after not posting for 1.5 weeks I’m now posting a whole… More

April Wrap Up (part 2)

Let’s play a guessing game! Who wants to guess how many books I read this month that I did not mark as read/review on goodreads? No, seriously, I want you to guess. Let me know in the comments! (hint: it’s a lot). Anyways, here we are in May already, this year is zipping by! We’re… More

April Wrap Up (part one)

Hey, everyone! Sorry you haven’t heard from me lately, I’ve been a little bit busy but you should be hearing from me a bit more in the coming days! (key word ‘should)I swear, wrap ups are like the only thing I do anymore. In reality, they’re 2/5 of the things I post, but that’s still… More

Enola Holmes Book Tag

Hey, everyone! I’m doing yet another tag this week because first of all I have a whole lot that I need to do and second of all I completely forgot about posting anything until today and I’m going on vacation today (I dont’ even know if this tag will actually get out because I may… More

The Last Ten Books Tag

Okay, I have a LOT of tags to do. I mean, I think we all do. But I have a LOT. This year, I’ve been doing one tag a month, but it looks like that’s going to be too few. I’m going to try to do two tags this month but honestly, who knows if… More

March Wrap Up (part two)

Hey everyone, welcome back to my March wrap up! This is part two, in case you missed it, I’m splitting my wrap ups into two parts so they aren’t the monster that was my January Wrap up. I published the first part of the wrap up on Sunday, where I discussed favorite posts around the… More

March Wrap Up (part one)

I honestly cannot believe it’s already the end of March. I feel like March went slower than the other months but it’s also…already the end of it? We’re a fourth of the way through the year already and I’m not entirely sure how we got here. I swear, it was just February.Anyways. I’m going to… More

Our thoughts on teens in YA

Hey everyone! As you might recall, if you’ve been around my blog a bit, I did a discussion post last month (it was actually a collaboration with April @Booked Till Midnight!). I had a whole lot of fun writing that post and so I decided to write another discussion!Unfortunately I decided to procrastinate on writing… More

Julie and the Phantoms book tag

Honestly, I’m amazed that I’ve kept the fact that I’m doing this tag a secret.Okay, maybe that’s not as amazing as I made it sound. But I have been doing a LOT of JATP-talking recently and not once have I mentioned this lovely thing. I…don’t know what I was thinking with this intro. MOVING ON.Here… More

February Monthly Wrap Up (Part 2)

Welcome back to the second part of my monthly wrap up! In case you missed it, I’ve decided to break up my wrap ups into two parts–I published the first part of my wrap up last Sunday and you can find it here. While the first part covered my reading month, here I’m covering everything… More

February Monthly Wrap Up (Part 1)

Hey there, everyone!The second month of 2021 is already over and I’m a little surprised that it’s already over? Maybe it’s because February is a little shorter than the other months but it felt like it went really fast to me!Now, before I get started, I just want to let you all know that I’ve… More

Retellings

So if I am correct, this is the first discussion post I’ve ever done!* Discussion posts were the highest voted on the poll I gave my blog readers in my January wrap-up to see which posts they wanted me to do more of and I’m really excited for this! I’ve always found discussion posts really… More

End of the year Superlatives tag

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. It’s been more than a month since the year actually ended. And it’s taken me way too long to do this tag. Super sorry but hopefully everyone will enjoy it anyways!I was tagged for this tag by the lovely Alex @The Scribe Owl. This is her first original tag… More

January Wrap up

I’m just going to apologize in advance for the length of the post. I hope it doesn’t scare you off because I really enjoy writing my wrap ups and I try to make them interesting. Unfortunately, I got carried away so now it’s absurdly long. BUT HOPEFULLY ITS VERY INTERESTING.Also, this is a very interactive… More

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

So…you guys know how I did on my last review (hint: not well, since it was a month since I read the book).…Okay fine it’s been exactly a month (as of the day this post is published) since I read Cemetery Boys, as well.Yeah, I really need to write my reviews sooner.But I HOPE that… More

Baby it’s Cold Outside Book Tag

Thank you so much to Cherelle @A Bolt Out of the Book, Madeline @The Bookish Mutant and Cherry @Cherry Blossom Books for tagging me to do this! (wow, when did I become so immersed in the blogging community that I get tagged 3 times for something!) I am so so so sorry it took me… More

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

Hello, hello, hello and welcome to my first book review of 2021! I actually read “I Wish You All the Best” in December of 2020 but here we are in 2021 I Wish You All the Best | Mason Deaver Published May 14, 2019 | Push 329 pages | ebook Content Warnings: Accidental misgendering, purposeful… More

21 Books or series I Want to Read in 2021

Welcome, everyone, to 2021!!!I cannot believe that we’re finally here, out of that terrible 2020 and into a (hopefully) brighter future. Let’s hope it all goes up from here (and I do NOT mean covid cases)!To kick off this new year I thought I’d write a list of 21 books that I want to read… More

December and 2020 Wrap up

Hello hello hello friends, and welcome to (*drumroll please*) the end of 2020!Wow, I cannot believe that we’re finally here! 2020 has been a crazy year of ups and downs–ha ha, I’m joking if there was an up please let me know because I cannot think of anything except the fact that I started this… More

Christmas Book Haul

Hey guys, my family knows something and I’m very glad for it: they know that I love books.I’m finally doing my first book haul! Most of the time, I don’t do book hauls just because I don’t usually get large amounts of books at one time! Despite being a book lover, I am VERY cheap… More

The Outstanding Blogger Awards

This award looks so fun and I cannot thank the three people who nominated me enough! Please please please check out Em’s blog @Cats, Bibliophiles and Baguettes. CBB is no longer active due to problems with the website creation website, but Em has started a new blog, on wordpress! You can find her @Tea for… More

Moxie by Jennifer Matheiu

…What! Phoenix is actually doing a book review???? What even is this? Ha, yes, I am back with my next book review! It’s certainly been a while for one of those. I’m sorry that it took me so long to get this next review out, but this is just the perfect book to do this… More

The Liebster Award (#1 and #2)

Aaaand I meant to publish this yesterday but forgot to click the publish button. Go me. I wrote the below and then was tagged by Alex @The Scribe Owl for the Liebster award as well. However, I like my old intro even though it is no longer accurate so I’m keeping it. Enjoy me from… More

Blog Compare: How I’ve Improved

I feel like recently I’ve sorta been walking around feeling sorry for myself. Sorry that my blog has so few followers when people who started at the same time as me in blogging have 2x, 3x, 4x or more followers than I do. Which, let me just say, is dumb. I shouldn’t be caring so… More

Lost in Translation Book Tag

Alright everyone, today we are learning a lesson and that lesson is to never ever trust google translate with your translating needs. This is something, actually, that any teacher teaching me a language has told me countless times and yet people probably still do it because it’s easier. So let’s see what this tag is… More

2020 Book Tag

Welp, here we go with yet another tag. It seems like ever since I started with the tags, I’ve just been doing them constantly. I’m sorry about that guys, I’ll try to get a discussion post or review up soon, we’ll see! Before you ask, yes. You read this right. A book tag about 2020,… More

November monthly wrap up and book tag!

Well. Another month of virtual school, another month of being stuck inside ALL THE TIME and another month of the pandemic. Happy nine months, people. We’ve been in this pandemic for as long as a woman is pregnant on average (why was that the first thing that came to my mind? I am now concerned… More

Forest of Souls by Lori M. Lee

We have reached the last week in my ‘Beyond the Story Challenge.’ I know that not many people participated in the challenge but I had a lot of fun reading new books that I probably wouldn’t have found time to read otherwise. I hope that everyone else has found my book reviews just as fun… More

Never Have I Ever Book Tag

Okey dokey! This is the first book tag that I’ve ever participated in so please, stay with me. Maybe it will end up terrible. Maybe it will be the best book tag you’ve ever seen (doubtful). I have a vague understanding of the rules so we’ll see how many I break on the way…joking. I… More

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

We’re almost finished with my challenge, “Beyond the Story,” at this point! After this post, we only have one more week to go. I know that, in general, the challenge was not the biggest success but I loved that I was able to read a lot of books I probably wouldn’t have gotten to on… More

Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

Week number two of my “Beyond the Story” challenge! First I want to thank anyone who is participating in this challenge–though I know not many people are participating, I thank everyone who is. Please, put your reviews for this challenge in the comments if you want to! *Please note: I listened to this book as… More

The Future Was Now by JR Harber (Book Rant)

In which I lie to stress my point (please note that all lies are either unintentional or clearly marked).Whew! Strap in, everyone, this is going to be a loooong ride. I certainly have a lot to say about this book! Wow. Okay so if you saw my goodreads review (found here but it doesn’t actually… More

October Wrap-Up/Wrap-Up Tag

Wow. Another month of this dumpster fire that some call 2020 gone. Despite the failure that this year has turned out to be, it’s going so fast! I’m already more than a month into school and there’s only two more months until 2021. This month, I am hosting what I am going to call a… More

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

Alright everyone, it’s week one of the “Beyond the Story” challenge! For the first challenge, “Judge a book by its cover,” I chose to read “The Sound of Stars” by Alechia Dow. This cover is one of the most amazing that I’ve ever seen. I mean, look at it! Want a closer look? Here: I… More

Interview with TJ Klune, author of The Extraordinaries

My second book interview has finally arrived! I’m really excited for this one. I read “The Extraordinaries” a few months ago and loved it. This is, quite possibly, the funniest book I’ve ever read. I was literally laughing every single page. Here’s a little more about the book: Author: TJ KluneGenres: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBTQIAP+,… More

TBR for Beyond the Story Challenge

Some of you may have seen my Beyond the Story challenge post a few days ago. I will post my TBR here! Week one: Judge a book by its cover The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow. I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, in fact I own it, but I have… More

I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Two posts in one day! And finally, my next book review! I haven’t reviewed a book on here in a while and I’m excited to get back to it! Now, I wrote a short summary for the beginning of the book, but in my opinion neither this summary nor the official one does the book… More

Beyond the Story Challenge

Hey everyone! Welcome to the very first “Beyond the Story” challenge! Now, this is my first time ever doing any sort of challenge so please bear with me if things don’t go quite as planned–I am trying my best to make this fun and enjoyable. Now, you’re probably wondering what the heck the “Beyond the… More

Writer’s Block

Hey everyone! Sorry that I haven’t been posting much lately, I’ve been busy with school starting up and just haven’t had time to write some posts! Hopefully I’ll be able to write a few more now! This post may be a little different than some others because this isn’t about reading, it’s about writing! I… More

Rereading Books

Why might someone read a book again? What is the point of going through the story when you already know the end of it? In this blog post I will discuss the reasons and joys of rereading books. Why do I reread books? There are a few reasons that I might pick up a book… More

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

I am going to do this review slightly differently than my first review and hopefully it’s just as good! I will focus on four different elements of the story: basic plot, characters, setting and writing, as well as adding a few notes to the bottom. Plot: Orisha used to be a land of magic, but… More

Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

“There was nothing quite like the first tick of a new heart.” Anna has a secret – two. A mechanical heart beats inside her chest. And she is the Technician, disregarding the Commissioner’s laws against tech to provide technology to those who need it. “If he could find the Technician, hunt him down, and turn… More

World-building in YA Feminist Fantasy Fiction

Two days ago, Saturday, August 29, was independent bookstore day. On this day, I got the excellent opportunity to attend a webinar in which three authors, Kat Cho (Wicked Fox), Rena Barron (Kingdom of Souls) and Rebecca Kim Wells (Shatter the Sky) spoke about their YA feminist fantasy novels! I got to hear these authors… More

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