Right Now in May

Hiya Guys! Who is excited for the weekend and what do you have planned? This weekend I will be going to a SoFar Sounds concert in Santa Monica which is held at a unique venue and features 3 artists who play four songs each. This is my first time going to one of these concerts and I think it’s going to be very fun.

Right now in May is going to be my way of talking about things I am currently watching, reading, listening to, or anything else I have going on since so far this month.


I recently started watching Chernobyl on HBO which is a new mini series that is depicting the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl that exploded and the effects it had on its citizens. I only watched the first episode and plan to watch the second one this week, but man oh man, that first episode had so much going on. I can’t believe something like this happened, and I am very intrigued to see and learn more about it


I am currently reading Sparrow by Sarah Moon for the Mentalhealth-readathon. This book follows Sparrow who was found to be on top of the school’s roof for a “possible” suicide attempt. I have not gotten very far and have only gotten introduced to our main character and I am only getting to know a little about her background and relationship with her mother and people at school.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. She would always rather have stayed home on the weekends with her mother, an affluent IT Executive at a Brooklyn bank, reading, or watching the birds, than playing with other kids. And that’s made school a lonely experience for her. It’s made LIFE a lonely experience.

But when the one teacher who really understood her — Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian, a woman who let her eat her lunch in the library office rather than hide in a bathroom stall, a woman who shared her passion for novels and knew just the ones she’d love — is killed in a freak car accident, Sparrow’s world unravels and she’s found on the roof of her school in an apparent suicide attempt.

With the help of an insightful therapist, Sparrow finally reveals the truth of her inner life. And it’s here that she discovers an outlet in Rock & Roll music…


Just do me a favor and listen to it! It is so good, especially if you like the original song, this just adds a nice beat to it.


I’m probably late to the game, but I just came across this podcast after talking to a few friends who listen to podcasts regularly. I have a pretty long commute in the mornings and evenings to work and I’m usually stuck in traffic because of it. So podcasts and audiobooks are a way for my drive to feel less long. That’s So Retrograde is one that I have been listening to recently to help me on my drives. These two lovely ladies (Elizabeth Kott and Stephanie Simbari) discuss different wellness topics and have experts on that specific topic on their podcast. It is fun to listen to and educational.


How is your month going so far? Let me know what you’ve been reading, listening or watching this month

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The Netflix Book Tag

Hiya Guys! How is everyone doing? I recently watched AlkemiReads do this book tag over on his YouTube channel and I thought it would be fun to do and share it with you all. So lets get into the questions!


Recently Watched: The last book you recently finished reading

I joined in on Jen’s birthday book read who is from Pinot and Pages, and I listened to this book on Scribd, which was amazing. Scribd has a full cast of characters for this book and each characters POV is intertwined with one another.

Top Picks: A book/books that have been recommended to you based on a book you have previously read

Man oh man, the series that people keep telling me to read because they think I will like it is the Throne of Glass series.

Recently Added: The last book you bought

I recently just bought Furyborn and thats because I was listening to it on Scribd and wanted to follow along with a physical copy. I also like to have all the books in a series on my shelf and I have pre-ordered the second book already and wanted to make sure I have the whole series.

Popular on Netflix: Books that everyone knows about (2 you’ve read and 2 you have no interest in reading)

I’m sure you’ve heard about The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker and The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden and these are two books that I read because there were so many people I kept seeing who were reading these books and I wanted to join in.

I’ve also heard quite a bit about these two books as well and they are very different from each other. I don’t think I will ever get to these books, they do sound interesting, but not ones that I can see myself ever picking up.

Comedies: A funny book

Guys, I can’t even think of a single book that I have read that would be considered a funny book. If you have ANY book recommendations I would love to know!

Animated: A book with cartoons on the cover

The first book that popped into my head was of course a graphic novel and this one is SnotGirl by Bryan Lee O’Malley who follows Lottie who is an online fashion blogger, but she is not the confident and cool person she shows on her instagram and blog. We follow Lottie’s life as she realizes how hard it really is and how she deals with each obstacle. This graphic novel was okay for me and I only ended up reading the first volume, but if you want to learn more about why I didn’t really like it, you can read my review here.

Watch it again: A book/book series that you want to re-read
Daughters of the Moon

I read this series back in my early pre-teens. I was obsessed. I remember being at my grandmothers over the summer and reading until the very late night. I would finish the book in a day and then ask my grandma to take me to the bookstore to get the next one.

Documentaries: A non-fiction book you’d recommend to everyone

The Radium Girls is about female factory workers who got radiation poisoning when they were tasked to paint watch dials with self-luminous paint. They begin to fall sick and this story tells of the health affects they faced afterwards, how the factories ignored their claims and what these women did to make their story known. It is fantastic and I usually don’t read non-fiction very often.

Action & Adventure: An action packed book

I just finished this book a few days ago and OH. MY. GOSH. I loved this book. It follows Mia Corvere who is on the hunt for revenge over the death of her parents and goes to an assassin school to hone in on her skills. This book is definitely one I would classify as action packed.

New Releases: A book that just came out or will be coming out soon that you can’t wait to read

I’m sure you have heard about this book. It has gotten the biggest buzz on Booktube, twitter, and Instagram. I definitely am excited about this book and to finally get my hands on it and devour it immediately!

What are your thoughts on these book choices? Do you have ones that come to mind for these specific questions? Come tell me your thoughts.

Top 5 Wednesday #1

Hiya Friends! Top 5 Wednesday was created by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and this week the topic is: Mother Figures. Since Mother’s Day is on the 12th of May, I found this topic to be very appropriate for the week and one I am excited to share with you guys!


Nannette Orchiére from A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

Nannette is a Romani witch who lives with her five sisters and their husbands. She and her sisters are very traditional and follow the rituals that have been passed down. She has a daughter who does not believe in the their “magic” and doesn’t understand the persecution her family has gone through. Nannette is a strong mother who loves her daughter and will protect her at all cost. I think one of the biggest traits mothers have is the love for their children and in the case of Nannette, even though her daughter does not believe in her families traditions, she is open minded to the generation her daughter is growing up in and allows her to make her own decisions about her life.


Mrs. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Need I say more? I mean Mrs. Bennet when I think of a mother who loves her children very much, I think of her. Her life’s mission is to see her daughters married off well so that they can have good lives. I know she comes off strong and there is a point in the story where Lizzie admonishes her for being so eccentric and forward towards eligible bachelors, but Mrs. Bennet replies with “When you have five daughters, Lizzie, tell me what else will occupy your thoughts, and then perhaps you will understand.” You go Mrs. Bennet!


Sam’s mother from When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

I read this book in the beginning of April for the Dragon’s and Tea Bookclub and I adored it. It has trans representation and the author did a beautiful job of creating the character Sam. Sam’s mother (whose name has slipped my mind) is just absolutely wonderful! Sam is an Italian-Pakistani trans boy and is afraid of telling his mother that he whole-heartedly is a boy. When he finally does tell her, she is accepting and tells him that she loves him for who he is and he is Sam. *crying*


Vianne Mauriac from The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Vianne is definitely and rule follower and a traditionalist and does not like getting into trouble. If you’ve read this book, then you know that her life gets flipped upside down when a German soldier is living in her home. Even though she is scared of the world she is living in, she hides that fear from her daughter. She shields her daughter from the brutal and unpleasant aspects of war because that is what you do as a mother. You protect your children at all costs and Vianne does this throughout the entire book.


Jean McClellan from Vox by Christina Dalcher

What would you do if your 5 year-old daughter could only speak 100 words a day? What kind of life is that for any child, when at that age they should be exploring and narrating everything they see, which is definitely over 100 words. This is what Jean has to witness everyday as her daughter grows up in a society that is forcing girls and women to only speak 100 words a day because it would be better that way. She fights against society and does what she can to stop this from happening and for her daughter to not grow up in this kind of world. Jean is determined and resilient and again…does whatever she can as a mother for her daughter.


What books have you read that have strong mother figures in them? What are your plans for Mother’s Day? Wishing all the mothers an Happy Early Mother’s Day!

Better Late Than Never: Asian-readathon & Mentalhealth-athon

Hi! Hello! Welcome Friends!

I’ve been watching videos on booktube about these read-athons and I told myself that I wasn’t going to join this month so that I could read books that I already have on my shelf, but I couldn’t help myself and decided to participate because I do have some books on my shelf that I can read for these read-athons.

Asian Readathon is a month long read-athon hosted by Cindy, Sandra, Chloe, Kav and Ellias. They also included several challenges to complete throughout the month as well as a google doc that lists several book options that fulfill all challenges and then list books based on the author’s ethnicity. It is so thorough and amazing, but also a bit overwhelming, but I appreciate that they created this doc for anyone who is struggling to think of books to read.

Challenges:

  1. Read any book by an Asian author.
  2. Read a graphic novel featuring an Asian character or written/drawn by an Asian author (manga, manhua, manhwa, and comics count).
  3. Read a book featuring an intersectional Asian character or written by an intersectional Asian identity (i.e. queer, mixed, disabled, neurodiverse, etc).
  4. Read a book by Asian author that was originally written in their native language (translated books and graphic novels count).
  5. Read the group book: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Ellen Oh, which will be covered in the live show on Saturday, May 25 at 6pm EST on readwithcindy’s channel.

So, the books that I will be reading for Asian Read-athon are going to be Monstress Volume 3: Haven by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda, which is a horror/fantasy graphic novel and satisfies the second and fourth challenge.

Japanese/Chinese

The second book I plan to read is Timekeeper by Tara Sim which is a YA fantasy novel and satisfies the third challenge because it does have LGBT/biracial characters.

White/South Asian

TLastly, I will be reading The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco which will satisfy the 1st challenge (but lets be honest…all the books I’m planning to read satisfy this one too), but I am using this book for that specific challenge. This book is a YA/fantasy book and Rin Chupeco is a Filipino author.


Mentalhealth-athon is another full month read-athon that is hosted by Nicole, Cait and Rachael Marie. I am soo excited about this and very happy to be participating in it. They also have a google doc that they created that discusses the prompts and also lists the group book as well as each of the host’s book pick.

I only have a few books for this read-athon, but plan on looking more closely at my shelves to see what else will fit in these challenges. The first book I will be reading will be the group book which is Sparrow by Sarah Moon which is the group book pick and I will also be reading Rachael’s book pick which is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.


Are you guys going to be participating in any of these read-athons? If you are, what books do you have planned to read for each of these? Let me know!

Sunshine Blogger Award 2019

Hiya Friends! I am so darn excited to have been nominated by the lovely autumnbookreads for the Sunshine Blogger Award!! I am so thankful to have received this nomination (and very surprised).

What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by bloggers in recognition for inspiring positivity and creativity within the blogging community.p

The Rules:

  1. Write a post about your nomination and the award.
  2. Thank the blogger that nominated you and link to their blog.
  3. Display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo.
  4. List the rules within your blog post.
  5. Answer the eleven questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you in your post.
  6. Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions to answer.

My Questions:

If you could read any book again for the first time, which would it be and why?

I would read Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. Once I was done with nursing school I had a hard time getting back into reading. I had just started my new job and was living in Los Angeles on my own for the first time and my good friend Brittany took me to the bookstore and recommended this book to me to read. I loved this book and it started my reading journey.

What is your biggest unpopular bookish opinion?

Ugh…this was a hard one and hopefully it does not make anyone angry with me, but I don’t understand the hype with Cassandra Clare’s books. I know…I know… a lot of people really like Cassandra Clare’s books, but it isn’t for me. I will say that I did read the first three books in The Mortal Instruments series in the hopes of getting into the series, but I just couldn’t and haven’t picked up another of her books. Hopefully, I haven’t offended anyone who really likes the authors books!

What is a book that you keep intending to read, but always seem to put off, and why?

I was just talking to Autumn about this. The book I keep intending to read is Throne of Glass . I keep seeing and hearing so much about this book and I just haven’t picked it up. I loved the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas and I know I will love this series, but I still haven’t gotten around to it. I do intend to though!

What is a book that you have read that has very few ratings on Goodreads, but you still enjoyed it?

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson! This book was absolutely amazing! I feel like many people don’t know about this book and I don’t know why! It is a dark and complex story with Tiger Lily’s viewpoint about Peter Pan and it is one that is just soo soo good!

What is an underrated series that you feel more people need to know about?

This is going waaaaay back, but the series I think more people should know about or remember is the Blue is for Nightmares series. I absolutely love this series and still get chills when I do re-read it. It’s creepy, dark and has paranormal elements that makes it a fun series to jump into.

Are book to movie or book to TV show adaptations better?

This one kind of depends. Sometimes I really enjoy when a movie is adapted from a book, like Me Before You and other times I think its better when a book is adapted to a TV show. Sometimes a book just cannot be told in a single movie and a TV show may be a better choice to do. One of the ones I’m excited to see the adaption for and it is coming out as a TV show is Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

What is your favorite post that you have done?

My favorite post would probably have to be one of my non-bookish posts. That post is the one where I talk about my first backpacking trip I absolutely love camping and hiking and I had so much fun on this trip that I wanted to share it.

If you were to get a bookish tattoo, what would it be and why?

I have a few tattoos already, but I don’t have any that are “bookish.” All my tattoos I got when I was younger and haven’t gotten a new one in about 5-6 years so I’m not sure if I would want to get another one anytime soon, but if I did these are the ones that I would get.

If you could have a conversation with any author, what three questions would you ask them?

I would love to have a conversation with K.A. Tucker who wrote The Simple Wild and I would ask her:

  • Which of your books did you have the most fun writing and why?
  • How much of your own personal experiences have influenced your writing?
  • Would you change any of your books if you could and why?

What is one of your ships that didn’t work out, but you will still go down with it and defend it anyways? ***REMEMBER TO PUT A SPOILER WARNING***

***Spoiler alert ahead***

August and Jack from The Wicker King. They both suffered from mental health issues and their relationship was not the healthiest, but I feel like their friendship and how much they cared for each other and each others well being was beautiful. This is definitely one of those relationships that was a bit toxic because of everything else they were going through, but is one I was rooting for.

If you could reverse any three character deaths, who would they be? ***REMEMBER TO PUT A SPOILER WARNING***

***Spoiler alert ahead***

Not going to lie, the only one that came to mind (especially because I feel like not many books I read have characters that die, or maybe I just can’t think of any) except those from A Song of Ice and Fire series where literally everyone I liked: Kahl Drogo, Ned Stark, Rob Stark, etc. were just killed off. I get why they died and propelled a lot of the story, but I still wish they hadn’t.


Questions for my Nominees:

1.When you read, do you need to have pure silence or do you have something playing in the background?

2.If you could meet any character from your favorite book and you had a day to spend with them, what would you want to spend your day doing?

3.Did you have any other blog names you were considering before you finally decided on the one you have?

4.What season do you feel you read the most in?

5.What is your favorite outdoor activity to do in the Spring/Summer

6.What is your mantra for your life?

7.Is there a trope that you would give second chance?

8.What is your least favorite book from your favorite author?

9.What is your top 3 favorite non-fiction books?

10.What is an ending of a book you were unsatisfied with and how would you want it rewritten? Make sure to add a ***spoiler alert***

11.Do you think you’ll still be reading the same genre/tropes/authors 5 years from now?


Nominees:

Amy from Tale.At.A.Time

Cande from Latinx Magic

Sofii from A Book. A Thought.B

Kristin from Kristin Kraves Books

Cait from GoodeyReads

Shanah from Bionic Book Worm

May from Forever and Everly

Rachel from Typed Truths

Brittany from The Book Guru


Again, a huge thank you to autumnbookreads for the nomination. I am so honored and encourage you all to check out her page as well as all those I have nominated. They are all fantastic and I adore the content they provide on their blog.

Friday 56 #2

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The fun thing about this is you get to share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!

This quote comes from the book Nevernight, which I am currently reading. The quote is from two of the characters and the beginning of their banter and friendship, which I found to be very funny and thought I would share.


Goodreads Synopsis:

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?


What are you currently reading? Have you come across a quote that has made you laugh or found important for the story? Let me know in the comments!

TBR for May

Hiya Friends! Another month down and another TBR to choose. I love choosing TBR’s and am really trying to keep to them because I have so many on shelves that I need to get to. It’s so easy to just buys books until you realize you are so behind on reading them.

I’ve taken alot of inspiration from booktubers (Riley from Rileymarie1196, Natasha from Myreadingisodd) and people from bookstagram with creating a jar filled with all the books on my TBR shelf. Each book is also written in a specific color based on what genre they are from.


In case you were curious:

  • Yellow – Historical Fiction
  • Red – Romance
  • Pink – Contemporary
  • Dark Green – Fantasy
  • Dark Blue – Mystery/Thriller
  • Orange – Classics
  • Brown – Non-Fiction
  • Light blue – Science Fiction
  • Light Green – Graphic Novel
  • Purple – I still don’t know what genre to write for this color so if you have suggestions let me know!!

I then had my boyfriend choose my books for me and for May I only had him choose 3 books because I also have two books from the library that I need to get to as well. The three he chose are: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, and A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morrigan.

As for the library books I plan to read in May, they are going to be Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I am continuing on with the readathon hosted by Caz from Little Owl Book , Chloe from Books with Chloe, Cassie from Miss Sassy Kassie and Red from Little Red Reads

What books are you going to be reading in May?