Reflections of March

Hello my friends!

I HAVE BEEN SO BUSY.

Life update: I have a degree in Political Science, but not too long after graduation I decided I want to teach. To teach high school in Washington State it’s preferred that you have a B.A. in your chosen subject, and unfortunately Poli Sci does not constitute a “subject”. So I decided I want to teach English (of course!) and I finally officially am back in school! Classes started a few weeks ago and because they’re 7-week courses they’re condensed and involve a lot of work. So basically I’m going to work AND school full-time, and I’m trying to settle in to that but basically I’ve just been exhausted and the thought of typing any extra thoughts makes me groan. Which is my explanation for my absence.

I’m trying to be more active on Twitter so you know I haven’t completely disappeared from the bookish community; if you don’t follow me or I don’t follow you let me know below and we will rectify that situation immediately!

I ALSO started a BookTube channel. AHHH. I’ve been wanting to for quite some time, and I intended on starting it for a New Year’s Resolution but I didn’t have the guts! Haha so I finally have actually started one, I hope you’re all supportive of that decision! I’m still going to continue writing on here, J. Bookish has just expanded! If you enjoy BookTube and want to watch I would be tickled pink – if not, feel free to ignore the videos!

Books I Read:

Room by Emma Donoghue – 5/5
Holes
by Louis Sachar – 5/5
Allegiant 
by Veronica Roth – 5/5
Insurgent by Veronica Roth- 4/5
Cereus Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo – 4/5
Red Rising by Pierce Brown – 4/5
Golden Son by Pierce Brown – 3/5
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee -2/5
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson – 2/5

WHEW.

Currently Reading:

Progress: 57%

I just missed Rick Riordan’s writing! I’ve been reading some really heavy books for school so I wanted something light and fun to balance those readings out. I’m really enjoying this book, but to be honest I’m not a HUGE fan of Piper, Leo, or Jason. I miss Percy!

Favorite Book of the Month:

This was a re-read for me; I actually read it when it was first released years ago. While I knew generally what was going to happen, I had forgotten the fine details and appreciated it more this time around. It’s a little disconcerting reading from the perspective of a 5-year old, but if you haven’t read this yet I highly recommend it!

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

 

I was just so disappointed in this. I had heard about all of the controversy and prepared myself for a very different perspective than To Kill a Mockingbird, but I did not expect the absolute mess of writing that this is. I was completely lost for a majority of this novel; Scout’s thoughts jumped ALL over the place. She was irritating, to be honest. Other than some more fun stories from her childhood, this book is just a mess. I would advise you all to just skip this one.

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I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

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My First: Top 5 Wednesday!

Don’t get me wrong, I love Top Ten Tuesdays. That being said, I’m terrible at them! Making a list of 10 every week is quite a commitment. Now, a list of five…. that I might be able to do. I hereby announce my participation in gingerreadslainey’s Top Five Wednesday! *releases confetti*

This week’s topic is: Top Five Fictional Items You Want!


Alethiometer – His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

I know that Lyra’s alethiometer is technically only able to be read fluently by innocent children. I’m still convinced I could figure it out, though. I’ve always loved the idea of the golden compass that can tell you the truth. And if we want to be petty about it, it’s preeeetty. Continue reading

Disney Book Tag!

Look at me, three posts in a week! WOOT.

I don’t know if you know this, but I LOVE Disney. You can ask my boyfriend. I watch Disney movies way more often than a 23-year old should. So when Ashley @ Dreaming Through Literature tagged me to do the Disney Book Tag, I was basically stoked on life. And then I discovered that the questions for this tag are freaking hard.

I’m going to warn you right now, this post shall be dubbed gif-a-licious. How could I do a Disney tag without a million adorable moving pictures? That’s right, I couldn’t.

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Reflections of February

Gooodbyyyyeeee February! Come ooooon Spring!

I think I just need a new season. Time for Spring Cleaning inside my brain! Dang, I am just absent aren’t I. I hope I’m not giving any of you complexes. I have like 8,987,987 reviews I want to write and the back up is giving me anxiety! But I’m here now, and I am happy to say I’m officially out of my reading slump like FOR REAL. I’ve been reading up a storm this month and it’s been awesome. I’m quite proud of myself. I will say that I miss all of you very much and I am sorry I haven’t been active here, I’m not by any means planning on abandoning my blog, I’m just trying to find my writing voice again; I feel like I’ve been missing it lately and I don’t want to post things I’m not proud of. I’m sure you all get it! Or at least, I hope you do.

Books I Read:

Divergent by Veronica Roth – 5/5
Insurgent by Veronica Roth- 4/5
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie – 4/5
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert – 2.5/5
The Museum of Extraordinary Things – 3.5/5
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – 4/5

(Look, they’re not all 3-stars!! It’s a miracle!)

Currently Reading:

Progress: 59%

My cat has decided to lay on my stomach/keyboard so I am poke-typing this. Damn cute little orange kitty.

Okay he’s moved. I am reluctantly adoring Red Rising so far. What do I mean by reluctantly adoring? I’ll tell you. I’m pretty sure Pierce Brown pulled all of the best parts out of popular dystopian/sci-fi/fantasy novels and transplanted them into his own story. This irritates the hell out of me. But I am also doing chores I’ve been putting off just so I can continue listening to the audiobook longer because I need to know what’s going to happen next. Therefore, reluctantly adoring.

Favorite Book of the Month:

I read Eleanor & Park a few years ago and hated it. I then wanted nothing to do with Rainbow Rowell.. until I discovered she had written a few adult contemporaries. I picked Attachments up at the bookstore, read the first few pages… and could not put it down. This story is so sweet and fun and warm and cozy and exactly what I needed. Thank you, Rainbow, for bringing me out of my slump. MWAH.

Least Favorite Book of the Month:

AAAND then, we have Eat Pray Love. Which I didn’t like. EPL is formatted as 108 “chapters”- some are stories, some are musings, some are history lessons. A few of these chapters I found both memorable and thought-provoking and have folded pages just waiting for quotes to be chosen for a review. However, the vast majority was boring. I actually skim-read. I NEVER skim-read. I just kept thinking it would get better because hello, Julia Roberts was charming in the movie. But it really didn’t do it for me. I don’t have enough in common with Gilbert to sympathize with her journey, and I won’t be reading any more of her work in the future.


Alternately, my sister had a beautiful baby girl this month! If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed this sweet little thing broke me out of my silence and I actually tweeted for once. I MEAN LOOK AT HER.

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I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

12 Days of Blogging: Day 12

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!


Day 12: What are you grateful for this Christmas?

I’m grateful for so many things!
My Tim
My family
My friends
My kitty Leo
My blog
All of you!

I am, however, sad that so many people are living in fear this Christmas. I hope that you’re all safe and happy.


I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading.

J. Bookish

12 Days of Christmas: Day 11

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!


Day 11: What was your favorite childhood Christmas present?

My lovely American Girl doll, Samantha. I LOVED that doll. I still have her, she’s in perfect condition. As is her trunk and all of her clothes and books. I’m hoping to have a little girl to give her to some day. I even remember how she was wrapped. She was in white and red striped paper with a red bow propped up right in the front of the tree.


I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

12 Days of Christmas: Day 10

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!


Day 10: Favorite Christmas movie or song

WELL. I can’t just pick one. But since I already mentioned my favorite Christmas song, I’ll go with my favorite movie(s)!

LOOK AT THEM. I have a thing for Christmas movies. Can you tell? ;)


I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

On the 5th day of Bookmas…

My true love gave to mee: FIIIIIVE HOURS OF CRYIIIIIING!

Again, true love fail.

The 12 days of #MerryBookmas are hosted by @HailsHeartsNYC!

I would just like to be 100% honest and let you all know that it does not take much for me to cry. Lots of books make me cry. TV shows, movies. I JUST GET SO EMOTIONAL. Actually I’m more of the one glistening tear type. Let’s make this dignified.

Anyway, these are five books that made me cry for reals. Like, more than one tear. Tissues were involved.

Oh and if you haven’t read one of these books, don’t read what I say because it will definitely contain spoilers.


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I actually read this for the first time in a college class. My prof was awesome, obviously. I totally knew Augustus would be the one to die. I KNEW IT. I’m pretty sure I even said that in discussions before we’d finished the book. My prof probably thought I was a cheater face and had read ahead. BUT I DIDN’T. Anyway, even though I knew it was going to happen, the tears were not even remotely prevented. I was sitting on the porch outside on a beautiful August day just bawling my eyes out. This one hurt my heart. I absolutely love this book. Proud of it.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

And The Half-Blood Prince… and The Deathly Hallows… but I think this was one of the first books I read growing up that made me cry. When Sirius died I just felt like everything was so unfair. POOR HARRY. I totally didn’t believe it at first. I was sure he was going to come back and J.K. was playing a really mean trick on  me. BUT SHE WASN’T.

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Oh my god. Peeta and Finnick. I absolutely adore both of them, and they were put through the ringer in this book. Seriously when Finnick died I saw it coming and I was like no. no. no. no. no. NOOOO! I know what you’re thinking; what about Prim? That’s a great question! I can’t remember. I’m pretty sure when I read the book, I was really upset and shocked when Prim was killed. But the image of the actress who was SUCH a TERRIBLE choice has convoluted the image of my Prim. And I’m bitter about it. Can you tell?

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

I have been hearing so many negative things about this series and it makes me so irritated because I absolutely loved it. If you loved it, please let me know so I don’t have to be stranded on my solitary island any more. But freaking Nikolai. Oh my god when the Darkling turns him into a nichevo’ya I was so upset. And then when he tries to get Alina to save him and she can’t. And when The Darkling dies. Because Leigh Bardugo just made me love all of her characters and then ripped them all away.

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

This book should be required for everyone to read. I had to read it for school and I’m so glad I did. We also read The Road, Feed, and V for Vendetta in that class.. man I’ve had some great professors. It’s essentially a group of short stories about soldiers in the Vietnam War, but it’s also not. It’s so, so beautiful and tragic and I highly recommend it if you have not had the opportunity to come across it yet.


I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

 

12 Days of Christmas: Day 9

12 days of christmas blogging

This challenge was created by Stephanie @ Scale Simple! I was tagged by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse; she’s my WA sister blogger and you should check her out!


Day 9: Who will be sitting with you for Christmas dinner?

My family of course! We don’t actually have a formal sit-down dinner though. My mom’s family comes over and everyone brings food, and we have a potluck. So everyone eats whenever they feel like it. But I can guarantee I will be somewhere near my mom, dad, sister with her soon-to-be-born baby girl, and my brother’s daughters who are 12 &15 (CRAZY).


Sorry for the short post… can’t really think of anything to add to that haha :)

I’ll write again soon! Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish

On the 3rd-and-4th days of Bookmas..

My true love gave to meeeee:

4 Cozy reaaads; 3 Beeest friends!

I missed yesterday’s post, but I don’t want to miss out on the chance to gush like a squashed grape about my favorite fictional best friends, so I’m just gonna go ahead and combine it with today’s. Just so we’re clear, I mean characters who are best friends with one another, not with me.  ;)

P.S. #MerryBookmas is hosted by @HailsHeartsNYC if you want to check out the fun!


Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

Inej & Nina from Six of Crows

I mean. Everything and everyone in this book are amazing. Obviously. But I was really excited about Nina and Inej’s sweet friendship. After that one thing happens and Nina just sits with Inej and hugs her and AWW. I don’t think that female relationships are focused on often enough in fantasy. Female best friends are the best! Girl powaaa *insert Spice Girls song*

Cinder and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles

SO CUTE. SO CUTE. I just love them. I mean obviously Cress and Thorne are precious little chicklings. And Throne is just adorable in general. But I loved the friendship between Thorne and Cinder and its evolution from her hating him and him being a self-absorbed jerk to their sibling-like love.

Lee & Chubs & Zu & Ruby from The Darkest Minds

I just read this. Last week. Actually I listened to it and I was so absorbed that I did chores so I could keep listening and when I ran out of things to do I just sat and listened. THIS FRIEND GROUP. OH MY GOSH. SO FREAKING SWEET. THE DYNAMICS. CHUBS. GAHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Plus:

OF COURSE.


I’m not really sure what a “cozy” read is. I always want to cuddle up in a blanket with a relaxing beverage (read: cocoa, coffee, tea, wine) when I read, regardless of the book. So I suppose I’ll just name some heartwarming classics I read as a child. That’s cozy, right?

I want to re-read all of these right now. I’m pretty sure all of them made me cry. Why are children’s books so amazing?! They’re just beautiful and full of life lessons and magic. Okay I’ve decided. This is my own personal official definition of a cozy read: A book full of magic and wonder that releases the eyeball floodgates.


I’ll write again soon. Until then, keep reading!

J. Bookish