September 2021 wrap up + sad news


Hey, internet land! I feel like it’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a post. Most of what’s been going up this past month has been stuff I’ve written in the past and scheduled in case there was a week I didn’t have time to write something.

Turns out, this month I had many weeks where I didn’t have the time or energy to create a post, but more on that later.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award [6]

I was perusing the blog-o-sphere, trying to get inspiration for what I want to write about, when I got a pleasant surprise. Thank you to Jan @ The Doodlecrafter for nominating me for this award!

the rules:

✦ Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
✦ Answer all the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
✦ Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
✦ List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your blog post.

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Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | book review

This review is spoiler-free!

“Slowly, I take my hands off of the controls. I let my mind rest. My thoughts quiet.
There are no further calculations required of me.
It is strangely peaceful.
I lean into my mic to speak to my squadmates.
‘Finian, Scarlett. It has been a privilege to serve in squad 312 alongside you.'”

Aurora Burning, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman Jay KristoffTitle
: Aurora Burning
Series: The Aurora Cycle, #2
Authors: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Published: May 5, 2020
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers
Category: young adult
Genre: sci-fi
Pages: 495
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5)
Goodreads page

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Heartstopper, Volume Two by Alice Oseman | book review

This review is spoiler-free!

71blqgmihelTitle: Heartstopper, Volume Two
Series: Heartstopper, #2
Author & illustrator: Alice Oseman
Published: July 19, 2019
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Category: YA
Genre: contemporary, LGBTQ+
Pages: 320
My Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads page

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popular series I stopped reading

Looking at my reading tastes, I tend to read books that are massively popular. I usually don’t have a lot of time to read, so when I pick something up, I want to know that I’ll love it. That being said, there are a few series that many people love that I quit mid-way. There are a few different reasons why I stopped reading these series, and I thought I’d talk about them here.

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preorder campaign page is live!

A looooong time ago someone suggested that I should create a place where people can go and see what kind of preorder campaigns are out there in the world. I thought what a great idea, and then promptly forgot about it until recently. I’ve been slowly gathering preorder campaign info, and I compiled what I found into a blog page that you can check out here (it’s also at the top of my blog).

If there is a campaign that I missed, I included a place where you can submit the information for me to put into the page so everyone can see (you can also comment on this post or that page).

Please enjoy!

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Stay awkward and amazing!

Spring Cleaning Book Tag

Summer is right around the corner, which means there is only a little time left to spring clean. I’m planning on moving in a couple months, so I’ve been trying to get rid of everything that I don’t absolutely need. I’ve been procrastinating cleaning out my bookshelf, but sometime this summer I *might* be putting up some of the books I unhaul for sale before donating the rest. Maybe… I haven’t given it much thought yet.

While taking a break from spring cleaning, I came across this tag on Mary and the Words! I wasn’t tagged by her, but I thought I’d give it a go anyways. (Apparently this tag was created by Jen @ Book Syrup on YouTube, but I can’t seem to find the original video….)

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Book recs based on your favorite character in Hades


During quarantine, I decided to invest in a Switch. I mean, what else is there to do stuck indoors except invest a lot of time and money in fictional stories and characters? (Wait, I just realized that that sounds very similar to books. Huh… who would’ve thunk it.) It seemed like a good idea at the time. In fact, it was such a genius idea that all of the US decided to join in on the fun. It was virtually impossible to find a Switch, and it took me a few months to get my hands on one.

Now that I’ve got one, I’ve become super obsessed with this little game called Hades. You might’ve heard of it. It won The Game Awards for Best Independent Game and Best Action Game in 2020. While I don’t know much about The Game Awards (or care, to be frank), I can understand why it won. It’s a super fun game, and it has fantastic artwork. If you’re looking to take a break from gaming, but want something Hades related, this is the place for you. If you’re looking for book recommendations in general, this is also the place for you. We welcome gamers and non-gamers alike here.

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