DOWN THE TBR #6: Will Colleen Oakes, Lauren Graham, Ryan Ringbloom or Ingrid Seymour Make the Cut?



Sorry I haven't been writing much here lately. Work has been busting me lately, and I haven't found a moment to just sit in awhile. Anyway, here I am with another entry for Down the TBR!

Here's another installment of Down the TBR! Created by Lia from Lost in a Story, Down the TBR is as follows:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you're scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!
 The Rules:
  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go? 


The next five books are...

#BOOKBLOGGERHOP (March 23-29): Friends and Book Discussions




I haven't done this prompt in a really long time, and I miss it so much, so here I am again with another question-and-answer post from Book Blogger Hop! This week's question stems from friendship and book discussions. 

#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Favorite Teachers/Mentors in YA


For those who don't know what Top 5 Wednesday is, it's a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week. 


Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 favorite teachers/mentors. 

DOWN THE TBR #5: #ACOTAR, Luvvie Ajayi, Maggie Stiefvater,


Here's another installment of Down the TBR! Created by Lia from Lost in a Story, Down the TBR is as follows:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you're scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!
 The Rules:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
The next five books are...

DISCUSSION: My Reading Pressures as a Book Blogger



Here's another addition of my new Discussion segment on the blog, thanks to Vivatramp for the 100 Book Blog Post Ideas! This time, I'm here to discuss my reading pressures as a book blogger. 


ENTER TO WIN A $50 Amazon gift card Signed Paperback of EVERYTHING HE WANTS by Lisa Hughey!

Ok, so I chose to join this blog tour because of the interracial couple on the cover ok, but I swear the premise for this book sounds so good! Everything He Wants sounds very similar to Meet Cute/Breakfast Club/The Pact. Seven strangers in a room together, all aspiring to be successful with nothing but money. But can love find its way in too? Read the synopsis, excerpt and enter the giveaway below:

ARC SPOTLIGHT TOUR: 'QUEEN OF CORONA' by Esterhazy


SUMMARY

Roza Esterhazy is a mixed-up kid. Eighteen years old and on the threshold of adulthood, she feels powerless in the face of a world that hasn’t adequately prepared her for adult life. She is riddled with anxiety about the world’s problems, the problems of her classmates at an inner-city high school in Corona, Queens. As an American of multicultural heritage (Polish-Jewish on her mother’s side, Venezuelan on her father’s) she struggles to find her place in society where the odds are stacked against people like her.

At the outset, she is on an airplane heading to Warsaw – the city of her ancestors, a city she’d never been to before. The city her mother had fled from in the 1980s because of an article she’d written that had offended the authorities. Roza’s voyage is a kind of reverse immigration – she’s escaping from America back to Poland because of a student protest that ended in tragedy. She alludes to the protest and its bloody end throughout the novel, with flashbacks tormenting her traumatized mind to the very end. When she arrives in Warsaw, she struggles to come to terms with what happened and what part she played in the tragedy. She grapples with the concept of guilt and blame – were the students to blame for what happened or was it the fault of overzealous police? She weighs how fear quells courage in an oppressive society. She confronts the grey reality of post-war Warsaw and realizes that there’s very little of it that she can identify with. She retraces history’s steps through the Polish capital and the former ghetto of WW2.

Her longing for home is visceral, reflected in the flashbacks of school and relationships that are woven through her daily existence. Flashbacks that reflect the absurdity of the inner-city high school experience, where kids are meant to learn an inimical thread of history that has little to do with their own reality, that places many of them in the position of the conquered and exploited.

Queen of a Corona delves into the mind of a young American adult growing up in today’s multicultural society. It is a human look at contemporary existence “from the bottom of the barrel.” It tells the story of a high school senior who is running after a student protest ends in tragedy. She is ushered onto an airplane by her mother, headed back to the land of her ancestors for the first time in her life. Her journey is both a way of escaping a seemingly dead-end existence and a chance at rediscovering herself by stepping outside the confines of societal standards. Queen of Corona is a coming-of-age novel in a dangerous age, in the age of Trump and all the forces stirring with and against the American president.

ABOUT ESTERHAZY


Esterhazy is a journalist, writer and translator. A native New Yorker, she holds degrees in Comparative Literature from New York University and American Studies from the University of Warsaw. Queen of Corona is her debut novel.

Catch the rest of the review tour on Xpresso Book Tours down below.


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#T5W TOP 5 WEDNESDAY: Children's Books to Read as Adults


It was my birthday yesterday (I'm 25 now?!?!), so I gave myself a break from posting heavily this week. But I still want to post another T5W just because I've grown addicted to the prompts and discussing all things books! 

For those who don't know what Top 5 Wednesday is, it's a weekly book group about our top five favorite things in the middle of the week.


Created by Lainey from GingerReadsLainey and now hosted by Samantha from ThoughtsonTomes, this week's entry describes the top 5 children's books to read as adults. 

This week's topic: March 14: Children's Books to Read as an Adult --This one was suggested by another group member! What children's books do you think deserve revisiting as we get older?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!! 25 Things I've Learned in 25 Years


Yes, today is my birthday. Today is my 25th birthday! I've made it to 25 years. And in those 25 years, my life has taken some twists, turns, ups and downs. Some moments I'm so very proud of, others not so much. And there are more moments that I look back on and go, "Wow, this is really my life." Well, before I get too emotional, I want to talk about the 25 things I've learned in 25 years of life. 

25. Not everything is going to work out the way you want. And that's ok. I haven't done much in my life yet, but I've lived long enough to know that some things don't always work out. Before, I've felt defeated that some things didn't work out the way I wanted. But then the most interesting things happen when new things appear. 

24. Friends are great, but family is better. I'll admit, I don't have a lot of friends. In fact, my two closest friends cant even celebrate my birthday with me until the weekend. But my mom, dad, and other relatives can, in any way shape or form. Friends come and go, but family can always be here to stay. 

23. Family is great, but friends are needed. Also, I'll flip the script; family is great to have, but when you don't have a good family or members who aren't as supportive, a safe haven of friends is good enough. 


22. "Me time" is very important. 

21. There's no such thing as a "dream job". Back when I first got into college, I was so sure that I would become the best writer/journalist/producer/etc. But then a lot of personal issues happened, and I'm now in a place in my life where I'm not sure what'll happen next. But I'm having fun finding my way, different avenues to try where I know I'll belong. The dream job BS is no longer on my radar, because it doesn't exist. 

20. College isn't for everybody. My dad still thinks that education and a college degree is most needed to succeed in life. But that's not for everybody, especially where mental health and learning disabilities are concerned. There is more than one way to achieve something. 


19. It's ok to change it up a little bit!

18. Ask for help if you need it. 

17. Communication is key. 

16. Podcasts are my new best friend! I'm still a YouTube junkie, but I've been into so many incredible podcasts lately, like Black Girl Nerds; For the Culture Podcast; Alright, Okay; Grace Helbig's Not Too Deep; Trini Trent Radio. I find that they more expand on social issues than videos do. Also, I don't need to sit and watch a podcast if it's just audio. I can listen and relax while doing something else. 

14. Budget everything. 

13. Facebook is the devil, Twitter and IG are where it's at! I love me all of social media, but I'm more attached to Twitter and Instagram. Sorry, Facebook!

12. Use that block button! 

11. You're never too old to fangirl/be apart of fandoms. 

10. Don't separate the art from the artist. 


9. Meditate and /or pray. 

8. Take care of your mental health. 

7. Talk about your mental health. 

6. Love who you love. 

5. Be your own biggest fan. 

4. Anxiety will try to kill you, but it won't. I have anxiety (mostly anxious moments) where I've felt like my world is ending. But when the moment passes, I'm okay again. Not completely whole, but better than before. 

3. Diversity matters. Correct representation matters. 

2. It's not where you come from, it's where you belong. Ok, so I stole this line from The Fosters but it's true. You could have the roughest background, or hardest upbringing, and still come up on top. I was born premature, I wasn't even sure I would live. But I'm still alive! 

1. Love yourself. 

I didn't really have big plans for my birthday, so I thought this post would serve as a present to myself! Here's to 25! 🎉