October ’20 Wrap Up

Hey ya’ll!

Another month where I am a little late, but it’s better than never arriving at all! How are you all doing? I hope you have been caring for yourselves as well as can be imagined during these times and that you’ve managed to read some books that give you a little care and comfort. This month I held on to my comfort reads: romance! I caught up with one series, finished another and continued with yet another one and I have no regrets! I can’t wait to tell ya’ll all about it.

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May ’20 Wrap Up

Hey ya’ll!

I am super happy that I’m managing to make this post on time again! I’ve been feeling really good about how I’ve been reintegrating myself into blogging like I’ve wanted for the last three years. I can’t wait to chat with you all about what’s been going on this last month in all parts of my life.

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Late ’19 and Early ’20 Wrap Up

Hey ya’ll!

It has been seven months since I last posted on this blog. That sounds really bad, BUT! The time before that, it had been a year since I post it so I call that progress my friends! I am here today to share another wrap up with you since it’s been such a long time. I am currently quarantined as I’m sure most of us are, but because of that, I’ve been able to read a lot more than I have in the last few years. With that said, I wanted to let you all know that I’m gonna try to post monthly wrap ups here and maybe a review of two, but I don’t think I’ll have the time to really engage fully with this platform of mine. I’m looking for a happy medium with another place where I’ve been able to be more consistent and I will keep ya’ll up to date if you’d like to continue to hear my bookish thoughts!

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July & August ’18 TBR – Physical Books Theme (Again)

Hello everyone!

Because I read pretty much nothing of my TBR for June, I decided to just use the same list for July and hopefully bring the number of physical TBR books down. And then it took me half a month to get this post up so now it’s a TBR for two months! So if you read that post, you will see that this one is 98% the same so feel free to ignore it or not haha.

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May ’18 Wrap Up

Hello everyone!

It’s been another long month but I’m still here! The last few weeks of the semester kicked in so I didn’t do the posts that I was hoping to do. I’m still only managing TBRs and Wrap Ups but soon guys, my reviews will be back! I hope you are all doing wonderful and I’d love to know about it if you wanna drop me a comment below so we can catch up. In the mean time, onto the books I read this month.

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Top 10 Books of 2017

Hello everyone!

It’s that time of year where I talk about my favorite books of 2017. This year was much harder on my reading than I expected. I managed to surpass my original reading goal of 50 to reach my second goal which was 75 but I didn’t read that many 5 star books as I thought I did. Usually all of my top 10 choices are 5 star reads but this year I only had a total of 11 out of 75 and while I loved those books, I didn’t want to repeat series in my top 10 so I deviated from my regular format this year.

I will be sharing the books, their Goodreads link, my review if I have one and two sentences for why I love them.

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August, September & October ’17 Wrap Up

So…

Hello everyone!

Did you miss me? I really hope you did! If you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been gone awhile. And I’ve also made some posts here and there trying to come back, always saying that I’m working on trying to come back and honestly, it’s a lot harder than it seems. I am an adult now and I mean that in the most honest way. I now have a lot more responsibilities, all of them surrounding myself and my own well being and goodness is it hard to keep up.

I moved into an apartment with my best friend, I started college for the first time, I got myself a boyfriend (who takes up a shit ton of my free time, let me tell you) and I started working. So obviously, my reading suffered and because my reading suffered, so did blogging. I’ve missed it so much and I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to post something at least once a week from this post on.

Now to my wrap up! I was in a reading slump for awhile there and didn’t really read that much but October has been looking up. I can’t wait to share with you guys what I’ve managed to read.

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Book Review – The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen

The Understatement of the Year (The Ivy Years #3)

Author: Sarina Bowen

Publication: September 29th, 2014

Publisher: Rennie Road Books

Format: Kindle Edition, 308 pages

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Read: June 2017

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Synopsis
What happened in high school stayed in high school. Until now.
Five years ago, Michael Graham betrayed the only person who ever really knew him. Since then, he’s made an art of hiding his sexuality from everyone. Including himself.
So it’s a shock when his past strolls right into the Harkness College locker room, sporting a bag of hockey gear and the same slow smile that had always rendered Graham defenseless. For Graham, there is only one possible reaction: total, debilitating panic. With one loose word, the team’s new left wing could destroy Graham’s life as he knows it.
John Rikker is stuck being the new guy. Again. And it’s worse than usual, because the media has latched onto the story of the only “out” player in Division One hockey. As the satellite trucks line the sidewalk outside the rink, his new teammates are not amused.
And one player in particular looks sick every time he enters the room.
Rikker didn’t exactly expect a warm welcome from Graham. But the guy won’t even meet his eyes. From the looks of it, his former… best friend / boyfriend / whatever isn’t doing so well. He drinks too much and can’t focus during practice.
Either the two loneliest guys on the team will self destruct from all the new pressures in their lives, or they can navigate the pain to find a way back to one another. To say that it won’t be easy is the Understatement of the Year.

Critically

Plot – 3 out of 5 stars
This story was a lot more emotional than I was expecting going into it. There’s a lot of drama, there’s a lot of angst as well as violence, and some scenes that include bigotry. I liked that sports were still included as well as the themes of acceptance and honestly. The ending was abrupt but overall I liked the book.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I like the author’s writing style. It’s very simple, very easy to read and fast paced, just how I like my New Adult books. There are multiple POVs and each one has it’s own distinct voice. The writing is intense, emotional, dramatic and entertaining.

Characters – 3 out of 5 stars
This is probably my least favorite part of this book in particular. I struggled with connection with one of the two main characters which made his parts of the narrative harder to read.
John Rikker was definitely my favorite of the two. He’s the one who’s more confident in himself and open with people. He’s charming, honest and kind. He has a lot of pressures as he’s going into a new college, a new hockey team and there’s a lot about this change that he wants to keep quiet. But that doesn’t stop him from confronting challenges and from being honest with people which I loved.
Michael Graham, on the other hand, frustrated me a lot. He has a lot of insecurities and is downright scared of a lot of things. He’s very vulnerable emotionally and he’s harming himself emotionally as well. I found his point of view to be frustrating and intense but I loved how much he grew throughout the story.
I loveddd seeing all the old characters from the first two books in the series. They’re not all around as much as I wanted but they definitely played a bigger part in this book than they did in the second one so I love it! I liked the new side characters a lot and I know the next book focuses on one of my faves from this book and I’m excited.

Emotionally

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