Why I’m Breaking Up with My Reading Schedule 


For the first few months of the year, I put myself on a reading schedule and created a “to-be read” pile for every month. So far, I’ve stuck with it. However, there are several huge book releases in May and an ever growing TBR pile, so I know that continuing a monthly reading list would no longer be helpful. Part of the reason why I made the monthly list was because I felt like my books were running away from me. I felt like I could tangibly grasp things better if I had this list. My brain felt fried from trying to choose the next set of books, so maybe making a TBR was due to indecisiveness. 

Starting on May 1st (or whenever I finish my April reading list) I will throw out my TBR and just choose new books to read on a whim. Have you ever noticed that book choices are sometimes mood-based? I think starting off the year with a monthly TBR helped me stay committed to reading but now with so many new releases and so little time, I don’t think I could handle following a list anymore. 

What do you think of TBR piles? Do you like to stick to a reading schedule or do you end up getting so overwhelmed you just pick the most popular book? Do you prefer to keep the next book you read open depending on your mood or recent releases? 
Happy reading, everyone! 

May has an amazing set of new releases. I’m so excited! 
– V 

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April TBR Pile!


I’m SO excited for my April TBR list and how photogenic my books are that I couldn’t wait to share what I’m planning to read next month!!!

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – Okay, this was on my March TBR but I got sick the week I was supposed to read it and moved on to some other books. But I think this will be one of my new favorite books ever. I can just feel it.
  • A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – OH MY GOODNESS. I can’t wait to read this book. Everyone has been raving about it. For me, the Throne of Glass series ranks up there with Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings but with a lot more girl power and femininity.
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – I don’t know much about it, but all I needed to hear is that it’s Wild West meets Arabian Nights and I was hooked.

What’s on your April TBR pile? Are you excited for any April newly released books?

Top Favorite Books

If you asked me what my favorite book is, I couldn’t tell you. There is a book from every genre that I could hug tightly to my chest and hold forever and ever. So if anyone is curious, I’m making a list of my favorite book for each category with NO explanation as to why. I will add that I actually rated Eat, Pray, Love 3 stars on Goodreads but it was one of the first memoirs I picked up on my own, thus having the most impact. Enjoy!


YA Contemporary: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Indie: As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway

Classic: East of Eden by John Steinbeck

‘“There’s more beauty in truth, even if it is dreadful beauty.”

– East of Eden

Children’s Classic: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Science Fiction: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Children’s Book: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Fantasy: A Game of Thrones (Book 1) by George R.R. Martin

“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.” – A Game of Thrones

Young Adult Fantasy: A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Foreign Fiction (for me, any book that pertains to a non-Western culture or people): The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini or The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

Romance: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes  (I’m extremely hesitant to call this a romance because of the subject matter).

Favorite Memoir/Essays: Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Overall Fiction: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

“I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be a shadow.” – The Bell Jar


If a genre is missing, it’s probably because I read so little in that category or don’t like that category much to even bother listing it (i.e Historical Fiction, Thriller, etc)

I hope you enjoyed reading my list of favorite books! Can you pick just one favorite? If not, what are all your favorites?

March TBR

Here is my March To-Be Read pile! I’ve been reading a lot lately, so my brain is hitting a rut. The way I fix that is by turning my brain off, then on again. Usually, I do this by watching (or bingeing) some TV shows. Unfortunately, my internet has been shite and I can’t unwind when I stream what I watch. I need to do something a bit mind-numbing before I read and I can’t do that. I might need to take a short break from reading because I’ve been overloading my brain with pages.

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – I’ve read the first couple chapters and I’m intrigued. I read a blurb that said it was like a classic book but with fantasy elements. I don’t know why, but I just love that feel. It’s also set in London, where I visited on my own a few years ago, so I can sort of get a visual on some places that already exist in real life.
  • The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – I’ve already read about 1/3 of this book already and I find it very interesting. However, I’m surprised by the pacing. In the Mortal Instrument series, every chapter is action-packed and the books keep you on your toes. I’m still liking The Clockwork Angel because I think the pacing works for the time period. I also appreciate that Clare slowed down a little. I feel like it shows she’s grown in her writing.
  • The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles – So far, I’ve heard mixed reviews but I’m optimistic! I think I’ll like this more than a few other debut books I’ve had the misfortune of reading. I’m staying open-minded, as I try to do for books written by first time writers. Especially if I can see actual effort and not a recycling of old plots, tropes, and world building. I feel like the book doesn’t recycle any of those things.
  • The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon – I can’t wait for this one! The Bone Season is one of my favorite books. I don’t know what it is.  I could easily say that the pacing was slow at times, but it was never boring even if it was slow. I like that this world is somewhat believable, minus the supernatural aspect.

What’s on your March TBR pile? Tell me in the comments!

Note: My March TBR changed due to getting a week long cold. Please read this post for my March Reads.

 

A Belated Gilmore Girls Revival Review

I wasn’t able to watch The Gilmore Girls Revival immediately following Thanksgiving. I was stuck in a cabin with friends with no wifi, which turns out can be soul cleansing. Alas, the following Sunday I began to watch a show I dreamed of happening for nearly a decade. I watched Lorleai and Michelle argue. I smiled at Luke attempting and yet failing to persuade Lor and Rory to eat healthier. I felt the absence of Sookie when she wasn’t at the Dragon Fly Inn’s kitchen. I was floored to see that Lane was still rock and roll. And Paris Gellar became my favorite character.

Then there was that iconic scene of all the Gilmores in a limo together on a dreary day attending our dear Richard’s funeral. While sad, it was suiting. I truly think Richard’s death accelerated Emily’s story line (and by story line, I mean character growth). It also forced Lorleai to come to terms with a lot of emotions she had been burying. As for Rory…hers is the most difficult storyline to connect with and piece together. As the series was wrapping up, and before the famous “final four words”, I couldn’t help but wonder if it was then end of the Rory Gilmore storyline. Some of the plot was reminiscent of the movie Post Grad (2009)

Here are  thoughts of The Gilmore Girls Revival immediately after watching it (not in chronological order of each episode):

  • It felt like an extra long movie and in chick-lit form. Very Eat Pray Love meets Uptown Girls?
  • Haha. So many hipsters in Stars Hollow now.
  • I kind of doubt Tristan would have actually went to an alumni event since he practically hated Chilton and got sent to military school.
  • I love that Rory is writing a book but it was sort of cliche’. “Let me write a book… about the show … that is my life… the title of the show.”
  • There were so many good genuine laugh out loud moments but om the very first episode, it felt like Alexis Bledel forgot how to act. I also feel like her character was the most one dimensional.
  • Awkward with Dean … The tension worked really well.
  • If they continue the Revival, can we have most of the cast of Parenthood act in it? They all actually know how to act.
  • What the f*ck was that musical? It felt like a filler.
  • I want to be Team Jesse but it was like he was there for one second, I blinked, and then he was gone. But I’m also very much not Team Logan: he’s fun but once you’re older you need someone who can ground you. Logan has proved not to be faithful (or monogamous) time and time again
  • I wish to pretend Paul’s storyline never existed. Amy  Sherman-Palladino, you’re better than this!
  • Lorleai’s moment when she called her mom and told the story about her dad made me cry so much.
  • Lorleai and Luke’s conversation after she comes back from her “Wild” melted my heart. I love the instant wedding. It was definitely spontaneous, like Lorleai.

When I finished the show, I really did not know whether to rate it 1 star or 3 or 5 after the wedding and the cliffhanger. Initially, I felt like the Revival brought out Lorleai’s and Rory’s worst qualities and I wanted them to have a better transformation. After further thought, I realized Lorleai grew in exactly the way she was meant to but I couldn’t help but feel like Rory was literally the worst. The kind, considerate, thoughtful Rory forgets about Paul and sleeps with an ex-boyfriend who has a fiancee. Who is she, again?

Recently, I re-watched the first three episodes of the show and it was easier to tolerate certain things the second time around. Why? Because Emily Gilmore is QUEEN and Lorleai, despite her flaws and all, she wears her heart on her sleeve for Luke but it’s almost always off when it comes to her parents. She is living proof that no matter how old you are, there’s still plenty to learn and discover about yourself.

 

 

 

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There are so many YA fantasy books, but then I’ll read the summary and reviews and it’s the same plot over and over again.

  • Girl has powers, usually with fire. Girl must hide abilities. Girl exposes abilities either out of choice or accident.
  • Kingdoms are at war. Girl must save world. Girl saves world.
  • Girl is on a mission and isn’t supposed to fall in love. Falls in love, anyway.

I was thinking about branching out from Sarah J. Maas’ world to venture into other fantasy, but it’s so difficult to keep up with multiple major series at once. I want to read everything. Now I’m hearing a bit of controversy surrounding Maas.

I promised a book review, but I’ll just do them by a month-to-month basis.

So far, my January reads are as follows:

  • Wink Poppy Midnight by April G. T
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  • Everland by Wendy Spinale

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hello. I used to review books on Tumblr, but I feel like Tumblr has changed since I was a teenager. I feel like it’s not the same. I didn’t realize how much I missed the book world. I read about 8-9 books last year and I only liked about half of them. I made a bookish resolution that I would not read mediocre books or force myself through a book that I felt was lacking. I already feel inspired and excited for this year. I’m attempting to cut down on screen time. Gosh. I would watch so much less T.V. if it weren’t for Netflix. Just so you know, I’m not a quick reader. There are so many great books coming out this year and I still have books on my shelf from five years ago. Hopefully, creating this side blog and re-entering the book community will help to motivate me.

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–  V. Wolfe