AGAIN, BUT BETTER by Christine Riccio (PolandbananasBOOKS) // A Rare Book Review # 2

Note: Thank you so much to NetGalley for giving me an ARC review copy of Again, But Better. 

I finished this book two days ago (two nights ago, actually) and I'm still trying to figure out how to say what I want to say without sounding mean or nasty. Like people actually want this book to fail because it's made by a successful booktuber/internet personality, and we know her and love her so much. I for one have been following Christine's youtube career since it's inception in 2010, and haven't stopped since. When she first announced that she was writing her debut novel, I followed pretty much every Writing Video because not only did I believe that she had (has) the talents to transition into publishing novels, but also she has such a passion for books and reading that I don't see from anywhere else.

Favorite Emerald Covers // TOP 5 WEDNESDAY


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 emerald colors. 💚

May 22nd: Emerald Covers-- May's birthstone is emerald so talk about those emerald covers. Not just green. EMERALD.

'TAKEN BY THE PHANTOM' by Isabella King // XPRESSO TOURS BLOG TOUR SPOT


Taken by the Phantom
Isabella King
(The Phantom of the Academy, #1)
Publication date: May 16th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
I’ve never felt at home at Juilliard. My stagefright always makes me choke when I’m under the spotlight, to my classmates’ delight. But when I’m dragged into a new world, to a new school—where singing is more than a talent, it’s magic—I can’t hide my voice anymore. This new power is tempting, but terrifying forces swirl around the kingdom of Cantus. Missing girls, rivals at my new academy, Rebels, demons slaying people in the street—and it all leads back to him. The mysterious, powerful Phantom, who lurks beneath the opera school and demands he be my teacher—a demand which soon grows into something deeper, darker. But if I want to survive this place, or have any hope of going home, I may have no choice but to give in to him… and all he desires.

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green // A RARE BOOK REVIEW


Note: Before I get into this review, I'd just like to say that while this book is excellent, it is very internally graphic. Not graphic in terms of gore or horror, but more like stressful and does not shy away to discuss Aza's struggles with her OCD. So if you are not in the right headspace to read Turtles, I encourage you to wait until you are. Ok on with the review! 👼

Happy Mother's Day! (Almost) // Mother Figures // TOP 5 WEDNESDAY


So, I'm keeping my promise from my April 2019 Wrap-Up to resurge the weekly memes/prompts I use to do last year. To kick it off, here's this week's prompt for Top 5 Wednesday! 

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 mother figures.

May 8th: Mother Figures-- In honor of Mother's Day (in the US!), discuss your favorite mother figures. TRY to refrain from using HP characters. We all know those :)

Milwaukee Christenings and Too Many Readathons // APRIL 2019 WRAP-UP



Wow, I haven't done one of these wrap-ups in awhile! I thought that since so much had happened in my personal life this month, I thought I would like to bring this little gem back on my blog. 

In Real Life
Earlier in April, I visited Milwaukee, WI to witness my youngest niece's christening, along with my mother, older sister, her fiance, and my oldest niece. Additionally, I got to meet my brother-in-law-to-be's huge family. And I thought my family was huge! They were the funniest, loving, kind, tight-knit group of people, which made my sister emotional because while our family is close at heart, we're not close geographically. Most of our family is spread out between NJ/NY, Texas, California, Atlanta and Florida, so it's hard to get everyone together aside from formal events like weddings, birthdays, funerals, graduations and such. So seeing my brother-in-law's family all in one spot, still keeping in touch with each other, was really beautiful.

Here are some pictures of my baby niece and our family!

Books (Not) to Read During Finals Week // BOOKENDING SPRING 2019 DAY 30



It's the final day of Bookending Spring 2019, and I'm really sad about it. This has been a fun blogging event, and I'm glad Sam and Clo brought it back for another round. Luckily, Bookending Summer 2019 begins on July 1-31, so I'll be back with this until then. Let's get into our last day of BESpring!

Created by Sam @ FictionallySam and Clo @ BookDragons, this event is about bringing the whole book blogging community together, under the umbrella term, "Bookend Events".  

Today's prompt is hosted by Sam @ Fictionally Sam (April 29th-30th): Books (Not) to Read During Finals Week: Soul sucking and captivating books that will keep you hooked on the story and not on your studies