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 blogosphere, the posts I published this month and more! Please head on over and check it out if you haven’t already! For this part of the wrap up, I’ll be talking about the books I’ve read, my monthly bookish awards (more on those later if you don’t know what they are) and more!
First of all, someone please tell me how we’re already a fourth of the way through the year? Please, educate me on this sorcery, it seems impossible. This year is going…weirdly fast and I’m not sure why. Or how. But I’m all for it.
Anyways, let’s get into my reading month!

~What I Read~

Amazon.com: A Dark and Hollow Star (9781534453678): Shuttleworth, Ashley:  Books
Amazon.com: Skyhunter (Skyhunter Duology, 1) (9781250221681): Lu, Marie:  Books
  • This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. This book was super different from what I usually read. It was a little slower than other things that I pick up but it was super good! But now I just don’t know what was real because at the end, Odie just said something like ‘all storytellers bend their stories a little,’ and a bit more stuff like that. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth. This was probably my most anticipated release of 2021 and it was good! I really liked the characters and the plot, but I do have to say that it was definitely very slow at the beginning and while there was rep LGBTQ+-wise, there was basically no rep POC-wise which was disappointing ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Skyhunter by Marie Lu. This book was super interesting and may very well be my favorite Marie Lu book. It did seem like just another sci fi book but the characters were awesome and there was a bit of twist to a usual YA sci fi plot. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Dangerous Gift (Wings of Fire, Book 14) (14): Sutherland, Tui T.:  9781338214543: Amazon.com: Books
We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Shadows Over London | CamCat Books
  • Wings of Fire by Tui T Sutherland: The Dangerous Gift. I started reading Wings of Fire when I read middle grade books and so I’ve continued to read them as they come out! These books are ones that I never grow out of–they’re still as enjoyable today as they were when I was the target audience! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez. This book was sad and eye-opening and I’m really glad to have read it. It taught me a lot–I had no idea about La Bestia before reading this–and it was very heart-wrenching. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Shadows Over London by Christian Klaver. I received this book as an ARC and it was…fine. I didn’t really care for it, the writing style was not to my liking and the plot was just meh. ⭐⭐
Lore by Alexandra Bracken
Amazon.com: Elatsoe (9781646140053): Little Badger, Darcie, Cai, Rovina:  Books
  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo. I read the entire Shadow and Bone series just so I could read this one and I finally got around to it. Wow, it did not disappoint! I loved seeing Nikolai and Zoya but I especially loved seeing Nina. Plus, Leigh Bardugo is a master at writing plot as always and it was just so awesome to be in the Grishaverse again! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Lore by Alexandra Bracken. I read The Darkest Minds by Bracken a while ago and didn’t enjoy it that much so I didn’t really know what to think, going into this one. Whatever it was, my expectations were not very high. And it was indeed a meh book. It was an interesting idea for a book overall and there were some interesting parts and interesting characters but the book itself, I didn’t really care for it. ⭐⭐
  • Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger. This was a fun, easy to read book! Plus, I always love seeing an aroace protagonist! I do agree with many reviews I’ve seen on this book that it reads more as middle grade than YA but it was still enjoyable. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Amazon.com: The Girls I've Been (9780593353806): Sharpe, Tess: Books
I'll Be the One by Lyla Lee
Amazon.com: Rule of Wolves (King of Scars Duology, 2) (9781250142306):  Bardugo, Leigh: Books
  • The Girls I’ve Been by Tess Sharpe. Woah, this book was…intense. This might have been the first thriller I’ve ever read (honestly, I’ve probably read more but who knows) and…wow. Clearly I have nothing to say about this book haha. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee. This book was so fun and enjoyable! I was recommended this book by Katie @Whispering Pages and finally got around to reading it and it was just so awesome! I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants a fun contemporary book. Or just anyone. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo. It’s over. I can’t really believe it’s over but wow that book is quite something. There were some things I liked less than I liked about King of Scars, and some things I liked more. It was a very mixed book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

~The Monthly Book Awards~

Those of you who’ve seen my blog since the last wrap up know what the monthly book awards are but for anyone new, I’ll explain them really quickly.
These awards are basically just short little things I do where I ‘award’ a character, a world, a book, etc. if it’s the best one of the topic that I’ve read that month. Down below, you can see all the categories and the award winners for each one!
Note: all awards are my own opinion
Also: While this is my creation, anyone who wants to participate in the monthly book awards is completely welcome to do so on their own blog! Just make sure to credit me, but other than that I’d love to see everyone else’s award winners!
And just a reminder from last month, I’ve decided to remove the ‘worst’ part of the awards. While it can be good to know what books to stay away from and where books are weaker, I’ve realized that it’s much more important to focus on the good parts of books, and also that it might be sort of unfair to choose what book was worst in some points. Hope you all are okay with this! (If you really want to know the ‘worst’s, you can ask me in the comments).

Best character: There really is no character that pops out at me as the ‘best character’ in this group. My first thought was Nikolai, but I think I’m going to go with Skye from ‘I’ll be the One.’ Skye was super determined and self confident and she didn’t let anyone push her down which was a super cool quality to have.
Most interesting character: I guess I’ll go with Nora from The Girls I’ve Been. She’s a con artist’s daughter so she’s had to basically be different girls throughout her life.
Funniest character: Okay, this is why I didn’t put Nikolai as ‘best character’; he’s clearly the funniest character. I mean, come on, he’s Nikolai. How could he not be the funniest.

Best Villain: I….honestly don’t know. I didn’t read many books with villains this month. I guess the only two villains there really was was those in A Dark and Hollow Star and in Shadows Over London and of those I guess I’d have to say the villain in A Dark and Hollow Star?
Most original villain: I honestly do not know, nor do I think either of the villains I mentioned previously were extremely original so I’m just gonna leave this blank.

Best plot: What else could I possibly say other than King of Scars? Leigh Bardugo is a master of plots (and characters, too) and KoS is no exception. Rule of Wolves is a close second behind this (as it is the second in the King of Stars duology…)(I don’t even know if that was a pun and it wasn’t intended to be but…)
Most original plot: I think I have to go with Lore by Alexandra Bracken here. I’ve never read a book anything like this (I mean, Percy Jackson was the closest as it is set in NYC and there is greek mythology but it didn’t come anywhere close) and the concept was super interesting.
Craziest plot twist: Not gonna lie, I’m just saying Rule of Wolves because I can’t think of anything else. I cannot think of a plot twist in Rule of Wolves either, but I’m just going with it because there’s got to be one in there somewhere.

Best world building: I always hate using a single book for lots of answers but best world building clearly goes to King of Scars/Rule of Wolves. Just like sh’es a master at plot, Bardugo’s world building is fabulous.
Most original world: Well it appears I did not read many books that even had fantasy worlds so I’ll go with Elatsoe for this one. The world in Elatsoe was basically our world but there was some magic and creatures which I thought was pretty cool.

Best romance: Uuuuh
Uuuuuuuuuh
I guess I’ll say Nina and Hanne from King of Scars??? There was literally no other romance that stood out to me this month
Most unexpected romance: I’m not gonna lie, most romances are extremely predictable these days. I honestly don’t know what to say because none of these surprised me the slightest bit.

Most diverse book: Well, King of Scars was very diverse but I’m going to go with I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee here. All of the main characters/important side characters were LGBTQ+ as well as Asian. Skye was also fat and it was a very body-positive book which unfortunately is not something that I see very often in YA.

Best book overall: …Oh, come on, it’s got to have been King of Scars. I’d also put Rule of Wolves here. Despite the fact that I did rate Rule of Wolves 4 stars when I rated King of Scars (as well as I’ll be the One) 5, I think overall I enjoyed Rule of Wolves more, there were just more things that I also enjoyed less. I’ll Be the One was an extremely close second, I loved that book.
Most original book overall: (*Note: I’m changing this prompt from ‘most interesting book overall’ to ‘most interesting book overall’) Oh, Lore’s gotta win this one too, like I said before it was extremely original.
Most surprising book overall: I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee. I was expecting to really enjoy it but I was not expecting to LOVE it. It was SUCH an amazing book and you NEED to go out and read it RIGHT AWAY.

~April TBR~

Just like last month, I’m doing a short TBR of books that I’m probably going to read in April. Don’t expect me to stick to this TBR though! (I said I was gonna read The Gilded Ones in March but I only got halfway through due to the fact that I received two extremely anticipated books of mine right after I started reading it and just had to start reading those)

Amazon.com: Kingdom of Souls (Kingdom of Souls, 1) (9780062870957): Barron,  Rena: Books
Amazon.com: A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology  (9781984896209): Clayton, Dhonielle: Books
Amazon.com: Not Your Villain (Sidekick Squad) (9781945053252): Lee, C.B.:  Books
  • Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron. I saw a talk by this author last…August? And I’ve been excited to pick this up ever since. I think that now that I actually own this I’ll be much more likely to do so!
  • A Universe of Wishes edited by Dhonielle Clayton. This will be the first anthology I’ve read in a while and I’m excited to pick it up! It looks like a super interesting read.
  • Not Your Villain by CB Lee. This is the second book in the Sidekick Squad, whose first book I read in February. I’m trying to read this series really slowly given that book 4 doesn’t come out until August and if I devour them all right now, I will be in that awkward spot where I remember too much that a reread is worth it but not enough that I can just pick up the book remembering exactly what happened in that last one, come August. (disclaimer: I’ll probably end up in that spot anyways)

~Monthly Bingo~

And I’m back with the monthly bingo again! The monthly bingo is created by A Colorful Bibliophile and it is an absolutely amazing creation. You can find this month’s bingo board here, as well as the board for the month of April here.
Anyways, enough rambling, here’s my March bingo board:

Not gonna lie, I definitely bent some of the prompts a lot. But come on, I needed to get my bingo!
Anyways, I do hope that you participate in the monthly bingo because it is a WHOLE LOT of fun!

Have you read any of the books that I did for my reading month? What do you think of my monthly bookish awards? Are you going to participate in the bingo? (you totally should). Let me know in the comments! I’d love to talk to you!
As always, thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read this; it means the world. Stay safe and keep on reading!

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 do this wrap up slightly backwards from the way I did the last one–we’re doing everything but the bookish parts of the wrap up first and then the bookish parts afterwards, just because it’s not yet the end of the month and I want to be able to squeeze some more pages into these last few days!

~Posts I Enjoyed~

~February Blog Posts~

I posted three times this month. Not as much as usual, I feel like, and my posts really declined towards the end there but hey, they’re there and they’re mine, so….

I feel like my ‘Thoughts on Teens in YA’ post had the potential to become a really good post. However I of course procrastinated until the last minute to write it and didn’t even write it well so in my opinion it was sort of a flop. Maybe one day I’ll go back and write it again because I’d been super excited for it!

~Monthly Goals~

March goals:

  • Study more for tests
  • Go for more walks
  • Read the books that I own (instead of ignoring them and just reading books I get from the library)
  • STOP LOOKING AT STATS SO MUCH ✅❌
  • Reach at least chapter 10 in writing my book

I feel like I really did do better in studying for tests which is really nice because that’s never been something I’m good at doing.
Walks, well, I still don’t go on as many as I probably should but I made an effort to get outside even if I wasn’t going on a walk and did go on a few more walks I think.
I almost exclusively read books that I own this month! I have a lot of them all piling up and I was able to get through a lot of them which was super awesome.
I believe that I looked at stats less than I usually do, especially towards the end of the month, but I still proooobably need to work on that.
Also, I got like halfway through chapter 10 in my book but didn’t actually finish it, so…I guess that counts?

April goals:

  • In free time, do what I want to do (aka, blog if I want or write what I want, don’t do what I feel like I have to do)
  • Drink more water (a constant problem for me)
  • Write some more
  • Try to get outside more
  • Be more efficient in homework (granted, this is something that I’ve been doing towards the end of March as well)

~Blogging Updates~

I have no blogging updates. Nothing happened this month. Haha but I’m serious, I quite literally don’t know what to say here so….yeah. My blog exists. There you go.

~Life Updates~

  • I did NOT watch Julie and the Phantoms. Haha I know this is a little bit of a silly one to put on here but given my obsession with it it’s a liiiiittle bit surprising that I didn’t watch it. Still, hit me with all your theories, ideas, etc. no matter how crazy they are. The crazier, the better. Also, if you haven’t watched it, go watch it. I’m sure you’ve heard this before from me. But go watch it.
  • Okay the above statement is now a lie. I actually thought I’d get through the month without watching even one episode of JATP but who am I kidding? I did end up watching the first episode on Thursday.
  • I FINISHED ATLA. This is pretty big achievement for me given the pace at which I watch shows (I don’t actually want to watch them any faster–watching shows gives me semi-writer’s block–but I’m just reeeeeeeeally slow at it). It took me 6.5 months to get through this show and I really enjoyed it! Still not good as The Dragon Prince though. Someone, please agree with me. TDP is better. Please, someone. Everyone likes ATLA more. I just want one personnnnnnnnnnn.
  • I also started Legend of Korra immediately after finishing ATLA. I haven’t gotten very far yet but…wow it’s a little weird? I don’t know it’s just so different from ATLA. Even the animation style is different. Also seeing old Katara–and Katara’s children and grandchildren that’s weird.
  • I’ve written some more! I had a pretty productive writing month which I’m happy about and my story is going along swimmingly! (I swear, I never say ‘swimmingly’ but I just had to here because…it’s a book about mermaids….swimming… *crickets. crickets*)
  • The baseball season started. I mean, sorta. Not really. Anyways, for those of you who don’t know, I’m a huge baseball fan and the offseason is a very annoying time but spring training has now started so hooray! I know that no one else pays attention to major league baseball (And if you do, please tell me so that we can talk non-stop about it) but spring training is very exciting for baseball fans. Or….maybe just me given that whenever I try to talk about it to my family they go ‘okay but the games don’t matter in spring training’

Hey everyone, this is just one more reminder that the book giveaway of A Bite of Revenge by Setayesh Kazempoor is still going and ends tomorrow. Please enter, I promise you that it is well worth it! You can find my post where I have an author interview with Setayesh here. That post also outlines the giveaway requirements. You can also enter the giveaway directly here.
Also I want to acknowledge that there was a bit of a mess-up with the giveaway when I first started it but it’s all fixed now!

What do you think about my month? How was your month? What’d you think of my posts this month? Please let me know in the comments! Oh, also–I’ve been sort of struggling to figure out what to write that I want to write so if anyone wants to do a collab post on just about anything (I mean, it’s gotta be book related), please let me know in the comments, I’d be happy to work with you as long as you’re someone who I’ve talked to on my blog or yours beforehand. Also, you better have chosen the topic already because I’m *indecisive*.
Thank you so much for stopping by and as always, stay safe and keep reading!

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 else–that is, posts I enjoyed, goals for next month and more. I hope you enjoy!

~Posts I enjoyed~

~February Blog Posts~

I posted 4 times in February, including my February wrap up!

~Monthly Goals~

February goals:

  • Spend more time writing
  • Go on more walks
  • Study more for test (I’m so bad at studying…)
  • Follow at least 2 more blogs (I’m always looking for awesome new blogs!)
  • Reach 130 followers

March goals:

  • Study more for tests
  • Go for more walks
  • Read the books that I own (instead of ignoring them and just reading books I get from the library)
  • STOP LOOKING AT STATS SO MUCH
  • Reach at least chapter 10 in writing my book

~Blogging updates~

Well, I don’t have many blogging updates for you this month but this is my six-month blogoversary. I know that that’s not as big a deal as one year but I can’t believe that it’s already been six months! I’ve met so many amazing people and learned so much in this time that I just cannot believe it! So thank you all for sticking with my blog and just sending so much love my way.

I also wanted to thank everyone who voted in the polls that I set up in last month’s wrap up in which I asked your opinion on…a number of things! I definitely took your opinions into consideration and while I haven’t been able to post exactly what you guys wanted, I’m definitely trying.

Last but not least, I did my first joint post with April @Booked Till Midnight, in which we discussed retellings! It was a super fun experience and I’m really happy with the way our posts turned out! We posted half the content we discussed on my blog and the other half on hers and you can find my post here and hers here. If you haven’t already seen them, please go check them out!

~Life Updates~

  • I watched Julie and the Phantoms again because apparently I do this every month now. Who knows if I’ll get my rewatching in for March. It’s just so good though!!! (If you’ve watched it, ask me in the comments about my Ghost Queen theory. It’s ridiculous and really just a joke I made up but actually could make sense).
  • I started watching The Flash with my friends. It’s actually pretty good so far, I’m about 15 or so episodes in.
  • I managed to write some more! I’ve now written 2 1/2 chapters of the story that I shared the first few sentences of in my January Wrap-up (find it here). I won’t be sharing any more story with you guys but I think that the book is going pretty well so far!
  • Other than that, well, school is school and books are books and life’s been pretty much meh this month.

What posts did you enjoy from me or someone else? What are some of your goals for the next month? Have you watched Julie and the Phantoms or the Flash? Drop a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!
As always, thank you so much for stopping by. Stay safe and keep on reading!