Today marks not only the beginning of the a new month, but the final two days of my junior year! While I am freaking out that this is my last summer before finishing my undergraduate degree, I am also happily freaking out over all of upcoming free and non–school related time, which means more reading time!
There are so many 2019 releases and other books I am so excited to finally get to this month. I’m more than likely going to read more books than what’s listed below- I may or may not need a fantasy to break up all the contemporary. Although I still pick up books based on my mood, I am definitely a growing TBR maker. There are just so many books I want to (lovingly) tackle on my TBR during this final spring month and summer.
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I feel sort’ve guilty that I haven’t yet read Daisy Jones and the Six because everyone and their mother has been freaking out about it. Because of all the hype and my county library’s lengthy holds list for this title, I figured I’d have to wait to treat myself to reading it at the end of the semester.
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (ARC)
Red, White and Royal Blue was a possibility read on my April TBR. While I do read during the school semester, I particularly want to to be in the mindset (i.e. not be worrying about papers and presentations) to fully enjoy this one because everyone has been loving it so so much!
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston
Since I read Ashley’s Poston’s Geekerella in May of 2017, I figured I’d read the companion novel during the same month! I was really enchanted with Geekerella, so I’m hoping I have similar feels with The Princess and the Fangirl.
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This April was especially busy for me, as I finish up the spring semester of my junior year. Despite the craziness, I still managed to read 9 books this month, keep up with my Netflix binges, and start preparing for Book Expo week.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (reread) | 4/5 Stars
I recently published my 2019 reread goals, including the Anna and the French Kiss trilogy. As someone who always says she wants to reread books, this year I am determined to actually do so! While I’m still very much in love with its settings and atsompshere (including all those French desserts), I actually didn’t love Anna and the French Kiss as much as I did the first time around. I’m going to have post dedicated to rereading all three books, but I found Anna to be more immature than I remembered and I wasn’t in love with some of St.Clair’s actions.
We Were Beautiful by Heather Helper | 4.5/5
Heather Helper wrote of my most memorable first YA reads, The Cupcake Queen, so I was very excited to read her latest release. If you’re looking for a read about self-discovery, friendship, and all the sweet treats, We Were Beautiful is the one for you, as Mia spends her summer after facing a terrible tragedy in NYC.
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I’ve read many good books so far this year, but I think March has been my favorite reading month in 2019. I was on spring break for the first week of the month, in which I devoured 5 books while crying over school assignments and binge-watching two seasons of a Netflix show. While I have been reading for fun during the semester, I just felt so much like my reading self during the break, devouring books left and right! I read a total of 10 books in March and did get to some “meaning to watch” TV and movies this month.
Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill (ARC) | 4/5
I’m always ready for a World War II historical fiction read, including Stephanie Morrill’s Within These Lines. This book is really unique in the genre, as one of the main protagonist is sent away to a Japanese internment camp in the 1940s US.
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne (ARC) | 5/5
The Wrong Side of Right was a recent TBR addition that I’m so glad is now part of my recently read shelf. I consider myself a connoisseur of my local library’s YA section, so I don’t know how I haven’t read this 2015 release before!
Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale (ARC) | 5/5
Small Town Hearts is 100% the summer contemporary everyone needs in their bookish lives. This book still has me craving beach days with an iced coffee in tow.
Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett (ARC) | 5/5
My most anticipated book of 2019, Serious Moonlight completely delivered in all the right feels. Jenn Bennett is seriously the queen of contemporary romance. I still find myself thinking about Birdie and Daniel’s story.
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February, you left this fangirl craving more reading and binge-watching TV shows. Fine, maybe it wasn’t so much February’s fault, but more so midterms season! Compared to January, I wish I read more in February but it was a super busy month for me academically and socially. However, aside from my one DNF, I really enjoyed the books I read (especially since I found my favorite 2019 read thus far). I also especially loved my February content and the TV/movies I indulged in this month. I’m currently on spring break, so here’s to hoping to being able to catch up on reading and TV (and the two papers I need to write for next week!).
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden | 4/5 Stars
Much like the first two books in the Winternight trilogy, The Winter of the Witch is filled with luscious and atmospheric writing. I loved Vasya’s relationship with Morozko and as always, Olga, Marya, and Sasha were the perfect family compliments. However, I found myself feeling some disconnect with the story. It took me some to figure out what Vasya was doing for what cause, and I was really expecting to love this conclusion a bit more.
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November, you were filled with school, books, film, AND all the holiday season prep. I am a firm believer that the earlier you start celebrating Christmas, the happier you’ll be (and hopefully that happiness will translate to reading motivation!)
I read 6 books in November, which I’m really happy about because I mostly LOVED everything that I read. I also hit 100 books for the year- live love Goodreads for telling me this (I’m currently at 105). I think one of my New Year “resolutions” is going to be keeping better track of what I read on my own—I tried and failed to do so in 2018, despite some pretty amazing Excel sheets.
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Oh October, you were filled with coffee, homework, and thankfully some fangirlish things for this blogger. This month was definitely crazy for me, between school assignments and life happenings, but having time for blogging was definitely a must. As the semester wraps up, I think November is going to be another crazy month, but I can’t for my holiday breaks to work on more content. Just you wait for all of the holiday and end-of-year themed content. And for all of my Kingdom of Ash-themed screams.
I feel this way with almost every wrap-up, but I can’t believe I managed to read X books this month. In honor of Halloween, I glad I got to pick a few spookier reads, along with my usual contemporary fix.
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Autumn calls for plenty of sweaters, pumpkin-spice treats, and ALL the books, as always. As many of you know, I’m a huge mood reader. However, when it comes my reading choices this season, I especially look for books that fall under three “categories”- thriller, mystery, and school. Today I’m going to be sharing my fall reading recs based on these categories, as well as some books that fall vibes on my TBR.
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