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June Book Haul

I added 23 (!!) books to my shelves this month… and it’s only the 16th of June! I think what happened is that I hadn’t really bought a book in a while, and after the largest, most excruciating reading slump of my entire life, I decided I needed some new books. Some fresh material. And … Continue reading June Book Haul

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | Book Review

Title: The Hate U Give Author: Angie Thomas Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary Fiction Publisher: Balzer + Bray Publication Date: Feb 2017 Format: Hardcover Pages: 444 Date Read: Mar 1 – Mar 25, 2021 Rating: ★★★★☆ CW: abusive relationship, death, blood, cheating, drug use, gun violence, institutional racism, murder, police brutality, fire, racism

Feb 2021 Book Haul

Of three things I am certain: (1) I don’t know where else to stack my books, (2) my shelves are sure to collapse eventually, and (3) I will not stop. Here are the five books I added to my home library this month:

December 2020 Roundup

5 Books 1,178 Pages 18 Hours Read Closed out 2020 with a bang. I was able to squeeze in 3 books in the last week of 2020 and I managed to read 50 books. December is always a tough reading month just because I get so distracted with baking cookies or watching holiday movies or … Continue reading December 2020 Roundup

November 2020 Roundup

6 Books 1,633 Pages 31.5 Hours Read I did so good in November! I read a total of 6 books, which is usually more than the average I read in one month. I listened along with two audiobooks as well — The Witches and Greenlights. I loved listening to McConaughey’s honeyed voice, I fell in … Continue reading November 2020 Roundup

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera | Book Review

“I barely know him. I guess that is every relationship. You start with nothing and maybe end with everything.” What If It’s Us is a young-adult romance set in New York City about two boys, Ben and Arthur, who meet at a post office. Talk about a meet-cute! I enjoyed some moments in this one, and considering the length, I … Continue reading What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera | Book Review

I Got Nominated | The Outstanding Blogger Award Tag

The Outstanding Blogger Award Tag Rules: Have the link to the creator’s original award post. Answer the questions provided. Create 7 unique questions. Nominate 10 other bloggers. Neither the award’s creator nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered … Continue reading I Got Nominated | The Outstanding Blogger Award Tag

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey | Book Review

“But I remember we are both stars. Estrellita and Orion, a fierce little star and a warrior constellation. We sit close on this tree a bit longer, golden warm but silent, like one sun in the cooling shade.” Um, wow. I am smitten — with this story, these characters, these life lessons, and the FOOD. … Continue reading A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey | Book Review

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson | Book Review

“Look how beautifully black we are. And as we dance, I am not Melody who is sixteen, I am not my parents’ once illegitimate daughter—I am a narrative, someone’s almost forgotten story. Remembered.” Jacqueline Woodson is a master of lyrical prose. The writing in this novel was just so beautiful. The characters were raw and … Continue reading Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson | Book Review

Oct & Nov Book Haul

I think I’ve added about 60-70 new books to my home library this year. I tried counting them, but I really can’t be sure because there are SO many. Quarantine was supposed to be good for my wallet… but at least my bookshelf has been well taken care of these past couple months. She cannot … Continue reading Oct & Nov Book Haul

October 2020 Roundup

You guys! I cannot believe we are in November! Like, what?! Going on month 9 of quarantine/working from home — I work for the court system and so we have been working remotely *and successfully* for a few months now. There is no rush to actually get back into the office physically, which I am … Continue reading October 2020 Roundup

September 2020 Roundup

Oh, September! You were so good to me ❤ I felt all the cozy fall vibes this month and it was the perfect way to start the holiday season. Posting this roundup a little late because I have been consumed by October and all my spooky halloween decor/vibes/movies/tv shows. I am closer to month number … Continue reading September 2020 Roundup

My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capó Crucet | Book Review

“…as a light-skinned Latinx woman, I often accidentally trespass into moments that are essentially displays of white power intended only for other whites. … White people who misread me as also white sometimes display the kind of pervasive racism usually reserved for whites-only spaces. They inadvertently include me in these white power moments, ones that … Continue reading My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education by Jennine Capó Crucet | Book Review

5 Latinx Books I’m Dying to Read

HAPPY LATINX HERITAGE MONTH!  September 15 marked the first day of Latinx Heritage Month and I couldn’t be more excited! As a first-generation Cuban-American, I grew up on stories of my family’s immigration, the Cuban Revolution, and everything it took. And even though I was born in America, I’ve always felt more Cuban than anything … Continue reading 5 Latinx Books I’m Dying to Read

How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez | Book Review

The radio is all static—like the sound of the crunching metal of a car; the faint, blurry voice on the airwaves her own, trapped inside a wreck, calling for help. In English or Spanish? she wonders.  Cheers to a FLASHBACK REVIEW and happy Sunday, you guys! Since it’s Latinx Heritage Month, I decided to revisit … Continue reading How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez | Book Review

August 2020 Roundup

August was a lot, you guys! I did very minimal reading… like the bare minimum. I was on such a good streak, but I’m not even upset about it because I filled my time with embroidery, a new hobby, and so I’ve been embroidering everything from hoops, to backpacks, to clothes. It is very therapeutic … Continue reading August 2020 Roundup

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams | Book Review

“Romance novels are primarily written by women for women, and they’re entirely about how they want to be treated and what they want out of life and in a relationship. We read them to be more comfortable expressing ourselves and to look at things from their perspective.” First rule of book club? You don’t talk … Continue reading The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams | Book Review

July 2020 Roundup

I still remember when I thought I was going to be in quarantine for two weeks… HA (!!) I am now on month 4.5 of quarantine and still thriving, ya’ll. July was a good month — I read four books, three of which were phenomenal. I wish I would’ve read more, but oh well. I … Continue reading July 2020 Roundup

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie | Book Review

The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances. Cheers to a FLASHBACK review and a happy Monday, you guys! I’m starting the week off with another Agatha Christie murder-mystery: Murder on the Orient Express. This was my second Christie book ever and I was O B S … Continue reading Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie | Book Review

12 Childhood Favorites

I just took a much need trip down memory lane and I. HAD. SO. MUCH. FUN! Books made such a large part of my elementary years in school and even though I did not read as much later on, the 3rd grade was where my love for reading took root. I would go to the … Continue reading 12 Childhood Favorites

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie | Book Review

When the sea goes down, there will come from the mainland boats and men. And they will find ten dead bodies and an unsolved problem on Soldier Island. Cheers to a FLASHBACK review and a happy Thursday, you guys! This week I revisited the first murder-mystery-whodunnit book I ever read, Agatha Christie’s 1939 classic And Then … Continue reading And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie | Book Review

8 Favorite Book Covers

I have a confession to make, you guys — I’m the biggest sucker for a pretty book cover. I can’t help myself okay! I am more likely to buy a book if it has a pretty cover and I hate that I’m wired that way (I’ve read so many good books with meh covers and … Continue reading 8 Favorite Book Covers

Let’s Talk DNF!

I was inspired to write a post about this because of the comments I’ve been getting on my recent instagram post about the same topic. I love hearing feedback from people and, in this case, it was just so cool to see how people react differently (or similarly) to a book they’re just not enjoying. … Continue reading Let’s Talk DNF!

Renewing My Library Card

So, I did a thing! I hadn’t used my library card in years — I’m not even being extra, no lie the only time I think I actually used my MDPLS library card was to rent out CSI: Miami DVD’s when I was like 12… don’t judge me! The only time I can remember actually … Continue reading Renewing My Library Card

Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family by Nicholas Pileggi | Book Review

By birth, certainly, they were not prepared in any way to achieve their desires. They were not the smartest kids in the neighborhood. They were not born the richest. They weren’t even the toughest. In fact, they lacked almost all the necessary talents that might have helped them satisfy the appetites of their dreams, except … Continue reading Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family by Nicholas Pileggi | Book Review

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix | Book Review

He thinks we’re what we look like on the outside: nice Southern ladies. Let me tell you something…there’s nothing nice about Southern ladies. I wanted to read this book ever since I laid eyes on that title (a mouthful, I know) and that cover! From the premise I knew it was going to be the … Continue reading The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix | Book Review

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London |Book Review

I celebrated the commencement of summer vacation with Kate Stayman-London’s One to Watch and I don’t think I could’ve chosen a better book to read at the beach. It was a fast, enjoyable, feel-good book and the motivational body positivity oozing from the pages was refreshing. I feel like I should start by saying that the reality … Continue reading One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London |Book Review

All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson | Book Review

“Unfortunately, my life story is proof that no amount of money, love, or support can protect you from a society intent on killing you for your Blackness.” You guys, I absolutely loved reading All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson and I recommend it to literally anyone. I usually prefer reading fiction over non-fiction, but this … Continue reading All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson | Book Review

May 2020 Roundup

3 Books 844 Pages 25.5 Hours Read Fav book this month: Nothing To See Here I can’t believe we are done with May already and heading into June 2020. Just wow. So firstly, I would like to say that I surpassed my read-one-more-book-than-last-year goal this month! I read 17 books in total last year and … Continue reading May 2020 Roundup

April 2020 Roundup

3 Books 924 Pages 23 Hours Read Fav book this month: Beach Read Considering I was in a reading slump the majority of the month I am kind of surprised that I even read three books. I started off quarantine strong reading 6 books last month. The monthly reading goal that I set up for … Continue reading April 2020 Roundup

March 2020 Roundup

6 Books 2,192 Pages 39 Hours Read March 2020 will be a month to remember. It started off pretty normal and then from one day to the next I found myself in quarantine (at first just two weeks, but has now been extended until late April). I used the extra free time at home to … Continue reading March 2020 Roundup

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February 2020 Roundup

3 Books 1,075 Pages 25 Hours Read The Woman in the Window, Eleanor & Park, and the Silent Patient — so different, yet so great. I read all of these in one week… yup. So typical of me. I stayed up late reading, woke up reading, and even found myself at work reading (two fantastic … Continue reading February 2020 Roundup

January 2020 Roundup

3 Books 864 Pages 23 Hours Read Fav this month: Call Me By Your Name, duh 2020 started strong with a re-read of Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman in prep for his sequel, Find Me (which was my 2020 book no. dos) CMBYN is always a good idea and I am glad … Continue reading January 2020 Roundup

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