T10T: Favorite & Want to Watch Books to Screen Adaptation

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Be sure to check out the original and others who are doing this serious!

This weeks Top 10 Tuesday we are touching on books to screen adaptions. I didn’t want to just focus on my favorites, I also wanted to include ones I am excited to watch and ones that I want to read the book before watching the adaption!

Favorite Adaptations

Can we please just take a quick moment to appreciate some of my all time favorite adaptations?

(In no particular order)

MEAN GIRLS – partly based on Queen Bees & Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman.
The book was one of my favorites when I was in grade 6/7 and the movie is a high school favorite!

THE HUNGER GAMES – based on the Hunger Games series.
Do I have to explain why I love this adaptation?
The books were my first big deep dive into a distopian world and the movies for me are an absolute beauty.

THE HATE U GIVE – based on the book of the same name by Angie Thomas
READ THIS BOOK. The movie was well done, even though I wish there was some part in it that they excluded but over well it will still stand as my favorites.

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY – based on the comic series.
I fell down a deep hole when it came to this show. It was so well done. I only read the first of the series but it was so well done.

Books I Need to Read Before the Adaptation Releases

I am complete garbage for most things Melissa McCarthy and when I heard there was going to be a movie based on mafia wives who pick up where their husbands left off when they went to prison, I knew I had to watch it.
Now I am on the hunt to read everything before its release in October.

THE NIGHT CIRCUS – Book written by Erin Morgenstern
I have heard through the many different media outlets that The Night Circus is in development. This is a book that many of my friends ADORE and I need to get to it before I see the movie.

THE HAZEL WOOD – Book written by Melissa Albert
I didn’t rush to pick this up because of the many mixed reviews, especially with the ending. This movie release makes me want to pick it up though.

NOS4A2 – Book written by Joe Hill.
Joe Hill is an author I am nervous to pick up. His books are creepy and HUGE and he is a big name in the literacy world, but these are all big reasons why I NEED to read the book before I see the ABC Series. This may be one that I will have to see if there is an Audiobook for so I can read and listen at the same time.

Adaptations I am excited for.

I have already read all of these books, so when I heard the movie was going to be released I squealed in excitement.

DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE – Book written by Laini Taylor.
I do want to re-read this before I see the movie but I am very excited to see what can be done with this beautiful world.

CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE – Book written by Tomi Adeyemi
I really enjoyed the book and I feel this movie could go either way but the real reason I am stoked for this movie is because I love Tomi Adeyemi as a person. She is young and brilliant and the success she has created for herself is beautiful.



Top Ten Tuesday: Characters That Remind Me of Myself

Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday.

If you are unfamiliar with Top Ten Tuesday, Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
Be sure to check her out!

This week we are looking at the characters that remind me of myself! I have a hard time connecting with some characters but these characters are ones of my heart.

  1. Luna Lovegood.
    Luna is so optimistic, open and free. She sees the world with some whimsy and is able to see the good in almost every situation. She is also a little weird and lets be honest….me.
  2. Xiomara from Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
    Xiomara is a girl trying to find her own way in the world and heads towards words to do this. I really felt like I saw a lot of my teen years in her.
  3. Ryann Bird from The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
    If you haven’t read my review on this, you should go check it out for more in depth thoughts about the book as a whole. Ryann is someone who takes care of everyone around her, she will mess up anyone who makes life harder for anyone in her crew. I love her, and this book.
  4. Grace from Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
    Grace is a middle child biologically and an only child in her adopted home. She is searching for family ties. If you know me, this is my life.

Like I said, I don’t have a lot of characters I really gripped too, that I felt a connection too. These are my four, be sure to let me know if you connected to any of these characters so we can chat!

Thoughts While Reading : The Weight of the Stars by K.Ancrum

Welcome to my new series! Once a month I want to pick a book that I read and while I am reading it I will record my thoughts and share them here with you! I thought I had the reviews down to a science but apparently science is not the way to come at these posts.

April’s book of the month is The Weight of the Stars by K.Ancrum.

I read Kayla’s first book, The Wicker King, at the beginning of the year and I absolutely ADORED this book. The writing was immersive and the characters made my heart sing and then break in a million pieces (thank you Kayla for that!) So when I saw everyone on booktube holding and talking about The Weight of the Stars I knew I had to read it ASAP.

Please note: I use a lot of quotes and can be a bit spoily when discussing so please read at your own risk.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends. 

One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the two misfits are brought together despite themselves—and Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system. 

Every night without fail, Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And its up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more . . . 

In K. Ancrum’s signature poetic style, this slow-burn romance will have you savoring every page. 

The Characters
Ryann Bird
My strong, sweet and amazing love. She is the core of the friend group, single handedly choosing and picking up each person in this hive of misunderstood outcasts.
Alexandria Macallough
This girl is essentially a bomb of frustration and longing for answers. While she is looking for a way to contact her mother she gains a whole other family.
James Bird
A teddy bear with a constant look of ‘don’t fuck with me.’ He and Ryan are a team that nobody can get through anything and he is the first to check her of her insane ideas and attitude all while not talking.
Ahmed Bateman
Ahmed is fiercely loyal, and has Ryan’s best friend he would have to be. He is described as beautiful, on the shorter side and looks like all three of his parents. It is adorable and so is he.
The perfect person that is needed in the group. She is exceptionally popular and sweet, her family thinks Ryan is a terrible influence but she is to independent to care what anyone thinks, her family is her friends.
Thomas & Blake
I felt like I had to include them together. They are more alternative than what Ryann considered appropriate and a year younger but they are both fierce and stick together like glue (hmmmm wonder who else that sounds like?)

“Sitting in the ruins of the best that they could build. And it would always have to be enough.”

The Thoughts:

“It’s nothing.” Ryann replied. James scowled and gripped her arm gently, but Ryann shrugged him off and got on her bike. “Quit it. I mean it,” she snapped, revving the engine a bit to drive her point. But it didn’t help. James always knew when she was feeling any type of way. “

I am in LOVE with the sibling relationship between Ryann & James. The sweetness! If something happens to James I will be heart broken.

You couldn’t nice some people open. Ryann knew that well. Sometimes the only way to pry your arms away from tightly holding yourself together is when you’re given a reason to hold up your fists. Fighting for yourself is another way of loving yourself.”

The friend group sounds just perfect, a found family that Ryann has brought them all together. They are a rough group of coal that Ryann is just putting pressure on so they can become diamonds, it is beautiful.

BREAK THROUGH!!!! I wish I had the patience that Ryann does because I would have told this girl a long time ago to take a hike.

“Ryann dropped the bottle, curled her hand into a fist, and went to punch the guy again, but stopped short. Jenny’s boyfriend flinched. “You’re a coward and you’re way too old to be here, you pompous piece of shit.”

Ryann has physically stood up for women twice so far and I wanted to high five her and hug her. I mean I understand theres bad things in there but YES GIRL!!!!

“Ahmed looked embarrassed. He rubbed his arm and glanced back at the house. “I know I haven’t been the nicest to you,” he said haltingly. “And … you have every right to get back at me. But please, please don’t hurt my— They’re happy like this and it’s hard to explain that … It’s just … I like them this way and they’re good parents.”

Ahmed is seriously the sweetest! His loyalty to his parents and their relationship means the world to him.

Ahmed gave her a dry look. “August. Stop acting brand new. He’s doing that thing where he lies in bed for days, just staring. It never lasts for long—generally about a week.” He sighed again and rubbed his eyes like they were itching. “Sorry for snapping at you. It’s just … Love is such an awful, powerful thing.”

This is such an interesting way of looking at mental illness. Many people beleive that there are blanket expressions for each mental illness and they know what mental illness should look like, but sometimes it is just this.

Diversity is a flower that blooms with greater beauty and greater strength each time it is cross-pollinated.”

Seriously though, every time we strengthen our friendships and relationships with diversity we do the world so much good. The perspectives in this book are amazing, are beautiful and it is just little thoughts like this that make me want to pick this up and shove it in everyone’s face telling them to read it.


Top 10 Tuesday [Favorite Audiobooks]

The love of audiobooks is on the rise and I am along for the ride. If you haven’t experienced audiobooks yet, please let me indulge you on the reasons I love audiobooks and my top ten list of books I loved on audiobook.

Audiobooks really made sense to me, but if you don’t get a good narrator, sometimes that can make or break a story for you. Luckly the books on this list I have no complaints about the narrator and if anything the narrator added to the experience!

My Top 10 Audiobooks

Number 10: Children of Blood and Bones by Tomi Adeyemi.
Tomi Adeyemi wrote a fantasic, epic and emersive fantasy that was getting rave reviews. I was the girl who used to LOVE fantasy like this but the physical book intimidated me, enter the audiobook. Not only did I get to enjoy this amazing story but also because I suck, it taught me a lot of the pronunciations.

Number 9: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty.
I normally don’t read a ton of non-fiction, but this book made its rounds on booktube and in the book blogging world so I thought I would give it a shot. I mean who doesn’t like tales from the mortuary?

Number 8: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton.
This book was pitched similar to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and I have the physical version but at times I did find this book a bit slow so I found myself having the audiobook play and reading it physically.

Number 7: Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
I read this for the first time at the beginning of this year and I am extremely happy I listened to the audiobook. I don’t know a whole lot about slam poetry, and the audiobook made sure I didn’t lose the connection to the story over that fact.

Number 6: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
I have not laughed so much reading a book. Jenny Lawson herself narrates this book and if you are looking for a funny outlook on mental illness than you need to read this book, but I suggest listening to the audiobook.

Number 5: Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I LOVED The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo when I read it and have since recommended it to everyone I know. You are looking for a recommendation and you don’t read a lot? Here, let me shove this book in your face repeatedly.
But when I heard a couple of people that I trust had DNF’d the ARC of this I was nervous, but due to the music aspect I decided to try the audiobook and it was worth it with a full cast and a bonus soundtrack at the end!

Number 4: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
How many times can I rant about this book and tell you something you haven’t already heard? The audiobook enhances all of that!

Number 3: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Jay Krisoff and Amie Kaufman
If you are a little iffy about missing the multimedia aspect of this book, I suggest that you get the audiobook and the book and read along with it. The audiobook is done with a full cast and it really sucks you in.

Number 2: Sadie by Courtney Summers
I recently got into true crime podcasts and this book seemed to fit into everything I was listening to.
The audiobook allows you to get into this book with your whole being, it also feels like you’re listening to a podcast!

Number 1: The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
The true classic of all classics! When I am in a slump these are the first thing I reach for, returning to something comfortable always does the trick.
My personal favorite narrator for this is the Jim Dale, but many people prefer the Stephen Fry. No matter who you prefer pick up the audiobooks if you haven’t!

Is your favorite on this list? Let me know in the comments!

O.W.Ls TBR 2019

It’s that time of year where Hogwarts students study until their eyes burn, you would find the Ravenclaws spreading their books over their entire dining hall table. The Gryfindors are doing their best while getting distracted by the newest Weasley creation. The Slytherins are relaxing saying that they got this even though they havent cracked a book and the Hufflepuffs have formed multiple study groups all over the castle.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, it is time for the Magical Readathon again. The Magical Readathon is a month long reading journey that was created by Book Roast on Youtube, and this year she has upped the game and really outdone herself. This year she has created a whole Wizarding Career booklet which allows you to choose your career so you know which O.W.Ls to take and further on in the year which N.E.W.Ts. You can find all this information on her Magical Readathon Announcement of this year.

What Career Did I Choose?

I won’t lie, I am envious of the people who can do careers like Alchemist or Healer, I do not have the reading power. I have been slowing down significantly as I am spending more time in the pages of my own writing over someone elses.

I read and re-read the Wizarding Careers booklet before finally settling on the career of a Seer.
Who doesn’t want to see the future?
But in all reality it allows me to read three books that I have been wanting to read for a while. My track record for readathons are not the best, I wanted to dip my toes back in slowly.

The O.W.Ls that I need to complete for the Seer career are as follows:
Ancient Runes: To read a retelling.
Astronomy: A book with “star” in the title.
Divination: Set in the Future.

G has been very clear that anything that Goodreads declares a book counts for this readathon, which is a bonus to me. Recently I have been reading roughly two books a month not completing any this month though, so for April I need to step it up to read the TBR I have planned.


To Read A Retelling – A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
I know little about this book besides that it is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, the main character has a disability and that there are a lot of mixed reviews.

A Book With “Star” in the Title – The Weight of the Stars by K.Ancrum
I will need to prepare myself for this book. I read Kayla’s debut novel The Wicker King last year and fell in love with her writing.
This novel is about a girls who mom signed up for a one way trip into space and the romance that builds between Ryann and Alexandria.
More and more people I follow have been reading this book and getting destroyed by it and I can not wait.

A Book Set in the Future – Saga V1 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
I have heard way to many people shove this book in the air and sing its praises. A forbidden romance in space, I absolutely can not wait.

Follow Me In My Reading!

Since I have a month to read these three, I am hoping you will follow me while I rant about the books I read. You can find me on the following platforms:

Instagram @elechias.booklife
Twitter @ElechiaAmy

Let me know if you’re participating in this or any other readathons this month, I know there are a few (maybe you’re overlapping readathons) and I want to hear about them!

Book Review : On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

I might have to kill somebody tonight.

The first line of Angie Thomas’ second book, following The Hate U Give. It took only this line, two seconds or less and I was hooked.

In Angie’s second book we follow Bri, a 16 year old daughter of a deceased rap legend in Garden Heights and now she is trying to make her own way in the rap world. With life in Garden Heights and her own battles that she is facing it can be her chance to fix everything in her life if she just could get a deal.

my family knows. But let’s be real: Your mom saying you’re a good rapper is like your mom saying you’re cute when you look a hot mess.

I fell in absolute love with Angie Thomas’ writing when I read THUG, so much that I have read THUG four times physically and listened to the audiobook twice. This may be why I don’t always read my new books like I want too.

Something about the way she picks you up and plops you into the characters head makes my heart sing. She makes her characters so real and raw with everything they do and she makes sure your heart is attached to them.

She holds her palm to me. “Sky’s the limit?” That’s our motto, taken from a Biggie song older than me and almost as old as Aunt Pooh. I slap her palm. “Sky’s the limit.”

The characters.

Bri – full of fire, whittyness and loyalty.
Jay – momma bear, lived a life of love and mistakes but never gives up.
Trey – big brother who is the big sweetheart and is doing his best to be the ‘man’ of the family.
Aunt Pooh – the bad apple in the family and Bri’s manager. She is tough because she thought she had to be.
Sonny & Malik – the two best friends to Bri, completing the trifecta. They both have amazing personalities but I had a softer side to Sonny.

I said it before and I will say it again and again, Angie Thomas knows how to write characters. She not only has created stories with diverse people in race and beliefs but sexualites as well. She has created a book that resembles the REAL WORLD and I know we have been calling for more diversity in books for a long time but I really didn’t think that I would find it in YA so fast.

This is the second time (and if there is a chance for more please let me know) that I have picked up a book by Angie Thomas and felt like I was literally dropped into a world that I wouldn’t experience if it wasn’t for these books. I live in a small town in central Ontario, our population is 11k. We have very little diversity here, so when I have the chance to have my eyes opened up to different views on this shaken world and how other people other than a white CIS female experiences it I am thankful for the opportunity.

Aggressive. One word, three syllables. Rhymes with excessive. I’m so excessive, that I’m aggressive. “Aggressive” is used to describe me a lot. It’s supposed to mean threatening, but I’ve never threatened anybody. I just say stuff that my teachers don’t like.

Overall, this book took my heart and made it sing and at times threw it on the ground to make sure I felt pain. Bri is an AMAZING character, her story and her struggles and all of the things she succeeds at through this book made me so extremely happy.

Content / Trigger warnings: talk about past drug abuse. Guns & gang talk and relations. Talks of discrimination.
(On a side note though, this is all dealt with in a very real life way. If this stuff makes you uncomfortable without it being damaging from a past you should still pick up this book.)

If you couldn’t tell… my final rating is 5 stars.

January Wrap Up & Mini Reviews

January was a whirlwind of up and downs folks. For a good majority of the month (and still) I was sick. I came down with walking pnemonia and now that it is gone I seem to have found my way into just a basic cold with stuffed up nose and still low energy. It has not been fun.

BUT, I picked up two books and I am so happy I choose these two books to be my start to 2019.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Now that Xiomara is showing curves, she is also learning to solve her problems with wit and fists. This though can be hard to do when she can’t do anything in the streets of Harlem without it getting back to her very religious immigrant mother who believes that Xiomara needs to be a humble quiet religious girl.
It has been driving Xiomara insane, that is until she finds slam poetry and in turn discovers a lot about herself.

This was my first five star read of 2019. I have always been drawn to books written in verse since I picked up my very first Ellen Hopkins book in high school. I find myself submersed a lot more into the story when it is something deep like this book was, the poetry makes me feel like I am getting a better look inside the characters brain.

My parents probably wanted a girl who would sit in the pews

Wearing pretty florals and a soft smile.

They got combat boots and a mouth silent until its sharp as an island machete.

Elizabeth Acevedo has made a way into my automatic buy list. I will grant it isnt a huge honor because if I could I would buy every book in sight but this book abasolutely blew me away and I can’t wait for her next book With the Fire on High. While this is not in verse I have a strong feeling it will have just as much passion as the Poet X did.

The Wicker King by K.Ancrum

This was the first book Mel & Amy’s book club The dragon & tea book club. I was extremely sick for the first two weeks of January, and while I was in bed I tried several books and this was the only one I could actually focus on while I was lying upon my death bed.

The Wicker King is a book with a very toxic relationship between both of the main characters and mental health. I adore books about mental illness but this touched on so many other topics than that, one of them being the friendship between August and Jack. This relationship on a good day is dangerous, but most of this book it is toxic. This relationship truly shows how much even when the world gets you down you can ensure that friendship can build you up as long as its friends with the right people and boundaries are followed.

Jack has been slowly decreasing into his mental illness, seeing things coinciding with the real world. His parents are absent and his visions are becoming more and more vivid. Thankfully he has August, his best friend who thinks he owes Jack his life. With his determination and the people who try to help him out, August makes Jack his entire world.

I think you’re doing your best,” Rina said, tossing the wet dishrag into the sink. “But your best is not good enough sometimes,” she said, deflating a bit. “Sometimes … you have to stop trying and just let someone else try their best. In order to survive.

I will be preordering (if I can) her next book The Weight of the Stars, which may look like its scifi but the author has said herself that it is not and if follows a character from The Wicker King.

Both of these books I gave five stars. That is a huge success for me.

This will be going up the same day contemporary-a-thon starts so if you wanna see what I am up to this week I will be updating on my instagram so come see me on there! I look forward to seeing what everyone is reading!

Contemporary-A-Thon (Round 4) TBR

It’s time for another round of Contemporary-a-thon and I can’t explain how excited I am!

If you have missed my several attempts at trying to do this readathon, please just pretend they never existed. My shame will thank you.

Contemporary-a-thon is a readathon created by two booktubers, Chealsea from ChealseaDollingReads & Julie from PagesandPens. They have slowly added in some of my favorite people to follow on booktube, Natasha from MyReadingIsOdd and most recently Mel from MeltotheAny.

If you are a returning reader of my blog you would know I have mentioned them several times over past posts, but Mel has recently branced out from her lovely blog to booktube (so go check her out!)

This round of Contemporary-a-thon takes place from 2/11 to 2/17 and it also means a round of new challenges and to me meant a new way for me to get creative because I have no time to actually read but always want to participate. This means to me that I look at the challenges, my bookshelf and what I can possibly borrow from the library and see if I can get the challenges to line up with as few books as possible, (its not cheating, they say so in their videos!)

The challenges for this round are:
1. Read the most recent contemporary book you purchased/acquired
2. Read book with blurple (blue or purple lol) on the cover
3. Read a diverse contemporary (keeping in mind that it is Black History Month!)
4. Read a dark/emotional/hard-hitting contemporary
5. Read a contemporary that you meant to read in 2018 but didn’t
6. Read a contemporary in a non-traditional format
7. Read a contemporary with some sort of picture on the spine

My choices are (and these may change):

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America.
This is a short story anthology written by a bunch of my favorite authors, dealing with diversity in America. While I am Canadian I am almost certain, though I can not speak for the masses as I am not a young black person, that it would be the same kind of experiences here in Canada.

This would fill the challenges to read my most recent acquired contemporary (I am getting the ebook specifically for this read-a-thon), the cover is a lovely purple color, it is obviously a diverse read for me for reasons stated above and it would align with black history month, I BELIEVE it is a hard hitting book, it is a short story collection and an ebook form, ANNNNNND I believe it has a photo on the spine… but I may be wrong about that.

For those of you keeping count at home that is 6 out of the 7 challenges for one book.

Giant Days Volume 2
I am currently reading volume 1 but I was gifted the ebooks of these from a dear friend at the beginning of last year and I am JUST getting to them. They are graphic novels based around a group of girls experience in college, so far being cute and funny.

This would wrap up my challenges as a whole.

I should have absolutely NO problem reading these two things. Two. That is all I have to do, and I am asking my readers to keep me accountable.

If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter or Goodreads and don’t see me saying SOMETHING that week about one of these two books… yell at me. Blast me. I want the world to know I failed because lets be fair, it is a short story anthology and a graphic novel. I should have this.

Are you planning on participating in Contemporary-a-thon? If so, be sure to check out all of the hosts and to let me know what you are reading! I’d love to chat!

Looking into the future.

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language 
And next year’s words await another voice.” 

T.S Eliot, Four Quartets

I will be the first one to admit that I will jump up and down, waving my hands and screaming at the top of the longs if anyone ever asks “Who else had a rocky 2018?”

It was tough my friends, so tough that I took roughly a four month hiatus on all things I was doing. That includes writing for a good chunk of time. I found myself drained, I found myself with little to no motivation to do anything except come home, go to work and sleep when my mind would allow me. Even as I write this I find myself saying that I’m exhausted with no reason to be. 

But here is the good news. I have a schedule.

I know, you have heard it all before and now all you can keep saying is “I wonder how long she will stick around this time before bailing on us again” and I hear you, I do. I also want you to know that I am doing my best, so thank you so so so much for still coming back and caring about what I have to say.

But something is going to have to change.

This something changing means that I will be writing down my thoughts and feelings and not caring if they arn’t completely coherent at first while I get back into the game of reviews and book talks. Something changing also means new topics, new discussions and with a little bit of patience and work hopefully a whole new look to this blog. Change is for once, going to be a good thing.

And sometimes change has to happen in order for me to succeed. I LOVE books, heck I even started writing this post to tell you all about my top five favorite books of 2018 and yet here we are, I am rambling.

This upcoming 2019 I want to include some new features. No hauls, more pictures taken by me, in depth reviews on certain books, and more of a reading schedule. People I WANT to do this, I WANT to make this work.

Some things to look forward to on my blog in 2019 are:
A new look.
I want to redo my logo, my brand, my image here. I have absolutely NO idea how to do that as I am not a graphic designer but I will do my best.
More book reviews.
Lets be real, you pick up books because other people rave about them. I want to rant and rave and make you pick up a book.
Connections and Conversations.
Have you seen some of the amazing bloggers that are out there? I want to meet more, talk to everyone I can and be part of this amazing community.

I again, thank you for coming back around again and again. Putting up with hiatus and stress that I have went through but I will do better, books are my best friends and reading them, reviewing them, writing them I want it all.

Lets see what 2019 brings my friends, and if the year doesn’t bring what I expect I plan on taking it with force.

Contemporary-a-thon TBR!

Contemporary-a-thon TBR

I’m so excited to announce my contemporary-a-thon TBR. If you haven’t seen anything about the conteporary-a-thon feel free to check out my other post here! I am so excited to show you what I will be reading.


The first book I choose covers the challenges to read a book with orange on the cover, to read a diverse book, to read a book in a non-traditional format, to read a book with my ititials on the cover AND it covers the challenge to read the challenge to read a new to me author.

Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
36142487My initials can be found with the E in anger, the A and the G in gift. The cover is absolutely stunning and has splashes of orange. I will be listening to the audiobook too. Natasha from MyReadingisOdd rants about this book being absolutely AMAZING so I would expect nothing short of enjoying it.

My only hope is that I fall in love with this book. I need something raw and real in my life and between Anger is a Gift and my next book I think I will get just that.

My next choice, and final book is one that covers a dark / taboo read as it deals with rape and is a five star prediction.

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
31351689Everyone that I watch and trust their views and reviews has read and loved this book. It deals with a girl handling the news that her twin brother is accused of raping her best friend. I am under the understanding that it is hard hitting and heart retching.

While I know that this will be fantastic I also don’t want to get my hopes up to high with this as I know when I do so I end up thinking it is life changing because of the hype only for it to be fantastic but not enough.


There you have it, that is my contemporary-a-thon TBR. I know it isn’t a massive stack of books and fitting one book per challenge but as much as I envy people who can do that I am not one of them. I am going to listen to Anger Is A Gift on audiobook and read A Girl Made of Stars via my trusty e-reader.

Are you participating in contemporary-a-thon? If you are, what are you reading? Let’s discuss and participate together!