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Top 10 Tuesday | Books at the Beach

Hello, lovely bibliophiles! Welcome back to Top 10 Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is “”beach reads.” Now, I must admit, I was kinda at a loss for this one, given that beach reads are usually summery, cutesy, contemporary books, and I’m more of a fantasy and sci fi kinda girl. BUT! I managed to pull together a fun little list of contemporary summer 2016 new releases that I think I’d love to take to the beach! So here we go…

1. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I’ve never read a Morgan Matson book (que gasps of horror), but this one just might break my resolve. It just looks so cute PLUS, as many others before me have noted, there are cute, fluffy dogs on the cover. How can you say no to that?


2. 26 Kisses by Anna Michels

This book sounds both funny and cute. The premise kind of slightly reminds me of Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone, in that it kinda seems like it’s about a girl exploring her spontaneous side! Which sounds like so much fun!


3.  Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods

I’ve always been interested in things like astrology and tarot so the premise of this really hooked me. The book seems zany, funny, and sweet! And bonus: it actually has the word “summer” in the title!


4. Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider

Ah, another one with summer in the title! Despite that, this one seems a little more serious. It seems a bit more like a coming of age story, with elements of cute on the side. Still, it’s been getting great reviews!


5. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson

This book seems to be a product of the summer 2016 geek is chic movement in literature and I can’t say I’m upset! This book looks super adorkable and I’m definitely looking forward to it!


6. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Another popular author who I’ve never read! But I hear her stuff is to die for cute! This book looks no different!


7. Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes

A girl with totally bad luck? This book looks hysterical! I’m hoping it takes the whole “charmingly clutzy Mary Sue” trope and turns it on its head! But even if it doesn’t, it still looks pretty good.


8. The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

This one also looks a bit more serious, but still good. It sounds more like a story about growing up, rather than falling in love, but those are great stories too.


9. Wanderlost by Jen Malone

A cute teen love story involving a trip round Europe? Um, sign me up, like, now, please!


10. The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

Geek love? I’m in! This looks like another product of the geek chic movement and I’m all for it! This book looks both adorkable and hysterical and I can’t wait to read it!

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The Monday Musts | May 30, 2016

Welcome, my friends…TO MONDAY!!! And y’all know that means it’s time for The Monday Musts! The Monday Musts is a weekly meme hosted by Jessica at Lovin’ Los Libros in which we talk about our must reads, must listens, and must sees of the week!

Must Reads

So this past week, new adult writer queen Colleen Hoover decided to make quite the career change. From new adult writer to new adult book reviewer! I recommend you check out her reviews as they are absolutely lol-worthy!

Must Listen

I recently discovered Arctic Monkeys and fell absolutely, whole heartedly in love with them. I love grunge rock/funk and bands like The Black Keys, so Arctic Monkeys’ sound is right up my alley. I recommend listening to all of their songs, but this week I’m featuring their song of the moment, “Do I Wanna Know?” which is equally as amazing as their other songs! Give it a listen and go check out their other songs!

Must Watch

So we established last week that I’m a hopeless romantic and you already know that I’m a science major. So then what about this movie does not scream “perfect for Lila”??? This movie looks so touching!

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Sunday Post | May 29, 2016

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog. This is your news post, so personalize it! Include as much as you want or as little. Be creative, it can be a vlog or just a showcase of your goodies. Link up once a week or once a month, you decide. Book haul can include library books, yard sale finds, arcs and bought books..share them!

THIS WEEK IN BOOKS

Currently Reading After falling into a deep reading slump, I decided to read a fluff book in the form of…

  • The Crown by Kiera Cass

Books Borrowed And Bought I bought and borrowed lots of great books this past week! It was *sings* the first time in foreveeeeeeer! that I bought books so I was pretty happy (though my wallet wasn’t)!


-Borrowed

  • The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
  • Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye
  • The Crown by Kiera Cass
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

-Bought

  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  • Little Women (Puffin in Bloom Edition) by Louisa May Alcott
  • A Little Princess (Puffin in Bloom Edition) by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Joyride by Anna Banks
  • The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

-Received For Review I received one book (actually, it’s a graphic novel) this past week, but it looks really quirky and fun!

  • Zodiac Starforce: By The Power of Astra by Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau

READ AND REVIEWED

*hangs head**crickets chirping*

LIST OF THE WEEK

College Majors I’m Interested In

(you’ll see why I chose this topic in my Personal and Blogging News Section)

1. Pre Med

2. Microbiology

3. Biomedical Engineering

4. Biochemistry

5. Chemistry

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SUNDAY SNAPSHOTS

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PERSONAL AND BLOGGING NEWS

Well. It seems I have fallen into a reading slump. It was quite a doozy. It wasn’t a graceful fall from glory, either. I didn’t go quietly–that’s not really my style. I went down hard and now I’m gonna have to work my way up again. So I created a Master Plan of Attack!


But in all seriousness, burnout seems to be a theme this week, be it in blogging or reading. With reading, I’m in a book slump, and with blogging, it feels like I’m slowly petering out of steam. It’s not that I feel like I have no more ideas per se, I just feel like they’re fewer and farther between and when I do have a good idea, I can’t seem to translate it from my mind to reality. So there you have it: the reason I’ve been a bit slower with blogging in the past 2 weeks. I think I just need to slow down and take it easy–with reading and blogging–not overwhelm myself with stuff, ya know? I think that’s what I’ll do. So I’m not going on hiatus or anything, I just might cut back on posting so much and reading so fast. I hope that’s okay with y’all 😦


Despite my reading and blogging slump I did write one post I was really proud of and that was my discussion post on aesthetics, materialism, and booktube. I cannot tell you how pleased I was with the responses I got! You all left such wonderful comments discussing the post and not only that, but you were all so polite, mature, and respectful! I was so happy to get to interact with you all and discuss such an important topic!


In personal news, I’M 95% SURE I’M CHANGING MY MAJOR! I’m currently a physics major, but I want to switch to microbiology! Why the change? I decided I want to become a clinical geneticist or genetic engineer! And there’s no better time to change your career choice than when you’re getting your undergraduate degree (or so I’m told)! I could always change my mind, but I’m also pretty stubborn, haha!


I also finished a MAJOR application (finally!) so it’s really nice to have that off my back! I’ve been stressing over it and putting it off for about a month and a half now (because there was no solid deadline) and my mom finally put her foot down and gave me quite the kick in the *ss. But it was just what I needed to get it done and she helped me finish it up and smooth things out. I’m really lucky to have her around, as a person living with a chronic illness, and as a 21-year old and as a person in general.


That’s kinda it. It was a quiet week, where I just focused on getting the aforementioned application done. I don’t really have anything planned for this week. I cannot believe May has flown by so fast and we’re almost at mid-year–it feels like January 1 was just yesterday! *sighs all around*

How about you guys? How was your week? Do you have anything fun or exciting planned for this coming week? What was the last thing that made you genuinely laugh and smile? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Over And Out!

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Aesthetics, Materialism, And Why I’m Not A Booktuber

So last week booktube and twitter kinda blew up over Steve Donoghue’s video and his subsequent comments. Basically, in his video, he talked about how “big booktubers” were attending BEA and pumping out an exorbitant amount of vlogs and hauls and he claimed to know who “real readers” are and that these big booktubers just aren’t it. That was offensive to many people in and of itself, but Steve accidentally fanned the flames when he commented,

“I mean, do [big booktubers] strike you as readers? When you watch their well-lit, well-filmed videos, with them sitting there wearing blush in front of studio lights, can you honestly picture them hunkered down with a book, happily reading, oblivious to everything else? I certainly can’t picture that.”

Now, many people took that as a rather sexist remark due to what they believe he “implied” about wearing makeup. I, however, don’t believe this was intended as a sexist remark, but rather a comment on how aesthetically based booktube is.

This is probably gonna offend some people but I just can’t not say it and that is: booktube is a lot about the aesthetic. AND BEFORE YOU GO GETTIN’ IN A HUFF LET ME SAY: I UNDERSTAND. As a performer, I understand that the way things looks matter. They do. First off, to address Steve’s makeup comments: when you have harsh lighting, you need makeup in order to look like you actually have, oh, you know, actual lips that don’t blend completely into your face. And you need good lights so people can actually, oh, you know, see you. And what performer doesn’t have a good set to perform on?

Now, WITH THAT BEING SAID, I, especially as a genuinely poor person, really dislike how aesthetically based booktube is. Why? Because due to how aesthetically based booktube is, we have grown accustomed now to seeing readers as these well groomed young men and women who have pristinely maintained gargantuan collections of books. And I can’t afford that. And I don’t believe that most of America can afford that either. I can’t afford to have 600,787,942,300,081 books. I can’t afford to haul 600,787,942,300,081 more each month. I can’t afford to always be wearing the best makeup and the trendiest clothes. I can’t afford the lighting and equipment it takes to produce so called “high quality” videos. I just can’t. That’s the reality of my life.

Steve’s video and comments bring up a really good point: does a “real reader” always have to have the biggest, bestest, newest collection of books? Do they have to lead a perfect, wealthy life? I think what he was trying to say is, “Look, if you don’t/can’t have that perfect look, it doesn’t mean you’re any less of a reader.” And I can get behind that. Now, did he say this in the most polite, PC, unoffensive way? No. But that doesn’t mean what I perceive as his intended message rings any less true.

Part of why I’m a blogger rather than a booktuber is because I don’t have to sit in front of a huge bookshelf full of books. Because I don’t have that, I can’t have that. And when I’m behind a computer, typing away, no one can tell. Part of why I’m a blogger instead of a booktuber is because people can’t see whether or not I’m “beautiful.” When you’re writing, that doesn’t matter. And I hate to say it, but when you’re filming, it does matter.

Have we become too aesthetically based? Too materialistic? Has it gotten to the point on booktube where if you’re like me and you can’t afford to have a huge collection of books and “well-lit, well-filmed” videos, you’re not a “real reader” in the eyes of viewers? Because I think it kinda has.

This is just the point of view of an outsider. But I think that’s a valuable point of view as well. I am in no way saying that Steve’s comments are nice or that what people thought he was saying is okay. But I am saying that we can take some of the truth behind his ugly words and use it to reflect upon ourselves, our society, and what we value.

Do you think booktube is too aesthetically based? What do you think of Steve’s video and his comments? Are they sexist? Or are they just poorly worded?

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Stacking The Shelves | May 28, 2016

Stacking The Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews in which we talk about the physical books/e-books/audiobooks we’ve acquired (bought, borrowed, or received for review, etc.). Here’s what I’ve acquired in the past week:

Borrowed

Compared to last week’s gargantuan haul, this week’s haul looks kinda skimpy. But I swear that I picked up some great books–remember: quality over quantity. I picked up Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye, The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork, The Crown by Kiera Cass, and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle.

Bought

It’s my favorite day of the month: Audible credit day! Naturally, I bought an audiobook copy of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and I’m super excited for it!!! I also had a Book Outlet coupon for $5 off a $20 purchase–so my mom and I are splitting the purchase. I’m buying the Puffin in Bloom editions of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett and they are just soooooo beautiful!

Received

I nabbed a digital ARC of the graphic novel Zodiac Starforce: By The Power of Astra by Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau, which looks really cool and fun! I also received a physical copy of Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani in the mail, as I won it during Armchair BEA!

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#BringIt

So by now you know I’m in a reading slump. But I am not one to sit idle while the city burns. That’s right. If I’m going down, I’m going down fighting. And you know what that means…

That’s right. It’s on like donkey kong.

So what have I done? I took you’re lovely advice that y’all left in the comments and made a master plan of attack.

Phase One: The Cold Turkey Cutoff

First off, most of you advised me to take some time off from reading. So that’s what I’m doing. I’ve already had 3 days without reading and I actually feel a bit better, a little more relaxed. It’s weird sitting in silence, doing other things because usually I have an audiobook playing, but it’s also been kinda nice!

Phase Two: The Netflix Binge

Next, most of you said to do something else with my spare time, like binge on Netflix. So Netflix, here I come! I’ve been meaning to watch more of Jessica Jones and catch up on Reign anyway.

Phase Three: The Fluff Read

Finally, when I’m finished Netflixing, I plan on easing back into reading with a light, fluffy read or a graphic novel/comic book, like some of you suggested. I’m thinking of going with The Crown by Kiera Cass (even though I can’t stand Eadlyn–but that’s a different post), what do you think?

So that’s it! What do y’all think of my master plan of attack? Think I can take down this reading slump?