I ATE ALL THE BOOKS & TV: January Wrap Up

January was such a great start to my reading and watching lives. In short, I read A LOT and watched A LOT in January. Blame it on the spring semester not starting until halfway through the month and a four-day weekend spent binge-watching all the things.

I read 12 books in January. I’m really happy with my reading progress, considering my Goodreads goal of 75 and my personal goal of reading at least 100 books. Since I’m behind on publishing a few reviews, I’ll be changing up my wrap-up style a bit and be providing a quick summary of my feels for each book and TV show/movie.

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Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3) by Kevin Kwan | 4.5/5 Stars

This conclusion to Crazy Rich Asians was all the ridiculousness I expected. I can’t wait to see this series continued to be adapted on film.

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Top Five Wednesday: Anticipated Movies

While I’ve focused on all the amazing new books coming out in 2019 lately, for today Top Five Wednesday’s freebie post, I’ll be discussing my most anticipated movies of 2019.

While I probably do spend more time reading than watching movies, 2018 was a pretty great movie year for me. To give you a taste of my viewing likes, some of my favorite new releases from last year included To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Mary Poppins Returns, Dumplin’, A Star is Born, Set it Up, and Crazy Rich Asians. And speaking of those book-to-movie adaptations, there are plenty more coming in 2019!

Ashes in the Snow (January 11) Inspired by Ruta Septetys’ Between Shades of Gray, aka one of my all-time favorite books, I wish Ashes in the Snow had a larger release so more people could learn about this often untold story from the WWII era (but I am very thankful for the digital download date being the same as its limited release date). I’ve heard that Ashes in the Snow is even better than the book- a feeling this fangirl rarely experiences.  

Captain Marvel (March 8)– Marvel did so many amazing things in 2018, and I’m so happy to see a new movie with a female superhero at its center. While comparing Marvel to DC isn’t so difficult, I really hope Captain Marvel lives up (and maybe goes beyond) the empowering messages in my favorite superhero film, Wonder Woman.

 

Little Women (December 21)Little Women has received the film treatment before- I absolutely love the 1994 adaptation and I’ve heard not-so great things about the 2018 adaptation—but this version has a completely star-studded cast (see Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Laura Dern, Timothée Chalament) and will focus more on the March sisters’ lives as young-adults.

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MIDDLE GRADE FUN: Dragon Pearl Review

Summary: Thirteen-year old Min longs to escape her neglected planet and explore the Thousands Worlds, much like her older brother, Jun. While Jun travels through the galaxy with the Space Forces, Min is stuck at home with her mother and aunties, hemmed in by all the household rules and chores. Min, who comes for a long line of fox spirits, can’t even shape-shift or Charm, thanks to her mother’s safety precautions. When word arrives that Jun has left his post in search of the Dragon Pearl, Min knows something is wrong, deciding to run away and clear her brother’s name.

My Rating: 4 /5 Stars

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Five Star Predictions: 2019 Release Edition

With all of the amazing 2019 releases to come, this fangirl will hopefully be giving out plenty of five star rating. Today I’ll be predicting my five star 2019 releases.

I’ve covered all of the books below in my 2019 most anticipated releases posts, but today I’ll be explaining why I think I’ll be rating these books to be 5 star reads and perhaps among my favorite reads of the year.

Last week, I shared my five star predictions for non-2019 books on my TBR.

 

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Top Five Wednesday: Top of My TBR

Prioritizing books on my to-be-read pile can be a hard task for this reader who a) purposely tries to find books that I know I’ll love and enjoy b) is currently back at college, searching for any time to grab a non-school related book and read and c) is a mood reader.

However, I did get better about creating and publishing monthly TBRs in 2018. I’ve entered 2019 with at least five books (in honor of today’s Top Five Wednesday) on my priority TBR.

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FIRST FAVORITE 2019 READ: Imprison the Sky Review

Summary:

81fiBQN7F2L.jpg(From the publisher) Stolen from her family as a child, Aspasia has clawed her way up the ranks of Cyrus’s black market empire to captain her own trading vessel–and she risks it all every time she uses her powerful magic to free as many women, children, and Elementae from slavery as she can.

But Cyrus is close to uncovering her secrets–not only that Aspasia is an air Elementa with the ability to sail her ship through the sky, but that she is also searching for her lost family. And if Aspasia can’t find her younger siblings before Cyrus does, she will never be able to break free.

Armed with her loyal crew full of Elementae and a new recruit who controls an intriguing power, Aspasia finds herself in the center of a brewing war that spans every inch of the ocean, and her power alone may not be enough to save her friends, family, and freedom.

 My Rating: 5/5 Stars

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ALMOST ALL THE CONTEMPORARY: 5 Star TBR Predictions

Five star prediction posts are some of my favorite blog posts to read- like Lauren’s of Bookmark Lit and BooktTube videos to watch- like Regan’s of PeruseProject.

As a life-long reader and book blogger, I’ve still haven’t exactly cracked the formula of what makes the perfect read for me. However, most of my five-star reads, regardless of the genre, can be rated as such for their 1) their un-put-downablility and 2) a premise that relates to my bookish & other interests AND delivers of course.

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