Hey, friends! Happy winter!! It’s been a hot second. Or, like, 355,876,576,453,765,090 sec… It’s been a lot. Of seconds. Too many, in fact. Which is why… wait for it… I’m baaaa-aaaa-aaaack!
A lot’s been going on, life’s been crazy busy and I’ve been crazy uninspired. I was gonna write this HUGE nine-and-a-half-month wrap-up but that got a little (*cough* a lot *cough*) out of hand pretty fast since there was so much to recap in every category. So instead I decided to post a “mini” wrap-up! (I say “mini” in quotations because “mini” is, at least in this case, very relative haha!)
So here’s a reader’s digest recap of what’s been going on in my life since we last chit chatted…
- I attended March for Our Lives in D.C.
- My best friend and I went to the NoVA Teen Book Festival
- I participated in the interactive To Future Women exhibit at The Hirshhorn
- Claire visited
- I started school again
- I chopped my hair (it went from being below my waist to now being chin length! *flails*)
- I turned 24!
I was in a terrible three month reading slump from April to the end of June, but after that period ended, I started reading like crazy! Aaaaand then fell into another slump in November and December, which I’m only now just crawling out of. I’ll give a reader’s digest mini review of my reads below, but if you want a more in depth look at my exact ratings for each of the above books, check out my Goodreads.
*roll over book covers to see rating*
Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed — This collection was disappointing mainly because it felt like a big repeat of the tone, style and content of Waheed’s debut collection, Salt, with no growth. So, yeah. It was meh.
The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace — Lovelace shows some promise as a poet, but I felt like there was definitely room for refinement of and growth in her style.
Soft Magic by Upile Chisala — Beautiful! Magical!! Bravo!!! The short form poetry I was looking for!
Milk And Honey by Rupi Kaur — This was BIG miss for me, sadly.
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi — This was fun and I enjoyed learning more about the world and the aftermath of Ignite Me.
To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo — A super fun, swashbuckling story full of deadly sirens!
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young — It was fun while it lasted.
The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen — Ugh, this was a drudge of a DNF riddled with cliches.
Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pierson — I wasn’t a fan of The Kiss of Deception, so I was surprised that this was a hit for me!
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch — Slow, but intriguing, with a killer cliffhanger ending.
Mirage by Somaiya Daud — I left this one conflicted. I loved the representation of systemic and social racism and colonialism, but everything else left me wanting more. Still, I’ll pick up the sequel and see how it goes…
Furyborn by Claire Legrand — Talk about an unexpected favorite of the year!
A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir — *screams and flails wildly because ohmygodohmygodohmygod I love this series despite the fact that it’s tearing my heart apart*
Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas — Meh, meh, and more meh. I think I’m growing out of this series :'(
Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas — What’s this? More meh? Shocker.
The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli — Now this is how you do a companion sequel!
Movies & TV
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Do I even need to say that I loved this one? Bookworms and non-readers alike fell in love with the breakout smash hit Netflix movie adaptation of Jenny Han’s beloved novel, To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before. So it should be no surprise that I too was a major fan of this adorkable adaptation!
I finally saw Black Panther and it was everything I could’ve hoped for! All I can say is the culture was on point in this one! If you haven’t seen Black Panther, you’ve GOT to fix that asap! #WakandaForever
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
When it comes to Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I swear the show must’ve slipped me a bit of Love Potion #9 because I am in love with the show!
I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned my deep love of and appreciation for the booktube channel missemmareadsalot (run by Miss Emma herself!) on here before and idk but I think that’s kind of a miracle given how much I adore it/her. Emma makes absolutely The Best videos—they’re so aesthetically pleasing and calming and peacefully joyful and all-around delightful! Emma exudes such positivity and brightness and, to top it off, she’s got excellent taste in books! While Emma is primarily a booktuber, she also frequently makes peaceful vlogs and reflection videos, as well as sprinkling in some journaling, poetry, writing, fashion, and room tour/decor videos too. The main thing I gain from Emma’s videos is a soothing sense of positivity and peace. Sometimes I’ll watch her vlogs and/or reflection videos when I’m feeling a little blue or stressed and they really help me feel a little more balanced. Anyhow, if you’re not already watching Emma’s channel, I highly recommend changing that pronto.
Vicky Who Reads
As for blogs I’ve been loving, I’ve really adored Vicky Who Reads! Vicky is so active in the community and she always has such thoughtful blog posts. I love the insightful way she lays out her opinion and examines the many facets of various topics. I always am a big fan of when I leave a blog post feeling like I have an understanding of a different perspective of a topic and I for me Vicky hits that mark like a pro every single time. So if you haven’t yet seen checked out Vicky Who Reads, definitely go give it a look!
I got a TON of clothing for Christmas and my birthday since I’d saved up to do so all year. Most of the clothing I got from American Eagle, which is probably my favorite clothing store, but I did also get some really funky items from Goodwill (which aren’t pictured above) such as a pair of jeans and a pair of shorts, as well as a yellow, corduroy mini skirt, a textured, plum miniskirt, a white, long sleeve wrap top, and a lace kimono.
Well, that’s all I got for ya today, folks! I’m crazy busy with school but I’ve missed blogging so much and I’m hoping I can get back to a regular(ish) schedule! But in the meantime, I’d LOVE to hear all about your 2019 and all of the books you read and loved, as well as your other faves, so fill me in in the comments section! Until next time, y’all!