July and August TBR List

Here we go again (I realize that I’m a bit late for July so I’m sharing my combined July and August TBR lists):

  1. When We Collided by Emery Lord (Illumicrate box)
  2. Hot Dog Taste Test by Lisa Hanawalt (Landfall Freight Box)
  3. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  4. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
  5. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  6. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Wolf
  7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  8. Captain America, Masculinity, and Violence: The Evolution of a National Icon by
  9. Whatever graphic novel Landfall Freight sends for July

I love reading, and I’m so thrilled because I’ve read two books in two days and it’s such an accomplishment. I would love to keep up the pace, but sometimes all a girl wants is to lie down and marathon some Buffy with her boyfriend. And that’s okay. But books are awesome and I have to try to read as many before I die.

Here are all the books I’m reading during the last week of July and all of August. I tried to keep the summaries spoiler-free and short.

When We Collided is a YA contemporary novel that follows to people who meet and fall in love over the course of a summer. It was book chosen for Illumicrate‘s last quarterly box and I’m excited to enjoy it this summer.

Hot Dog Taste Test is a graphic novel that pokes fun and rips apart pop culture and our current obsession with food and how to market ourselves in relation to food (ex. stylized photos on Instagram of our hip breakfast). Part screwball, part social commentary, all hilarious.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is a a contemporary novel about a bookstore during the Great Recession. I don’t know anything else and I’m kinda digging the no spoilers, so that’s all you get for now.

Wolf by Wolf is YA historical fiction/science fiction. It takes place in an alternate reality where the Axis and Imperial Japan rule the world and it follows Yael, a death camp survivor and her plan to kill Hitler.

An Ember in the Ashes is the first book in a planned trilogy. It is an epic YA fantasy novel that follows the female protagonist’s journey to save her brother in a tyrannical society.

A Room of One’s Own is an extended essay that argues for a literal and figurative space for women in literature. I read excerpts in high school and I’ve been feeling a need to complete it.


Jane Eyre is one of my favorite genres: a gothic romance.

Captain America, Masculinity, and Violence: The Evolution of a National Icon is a nonfiction book that analyses the every evolving Captain America and connects superhero traits to a shifting patriarchal view of what it is to be a man. I stumbled into this while hanging out at my boyfriend’s campus and I’m obsessed.

There is no fantasy on this list and that is killing me a little so I may read Queen of Shadows which is the latest book in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series. Or Cindi Williams Chima’s The Demon King. Yes, reward lots of reading with fantasy. Sounds great.

(For those of you who haven’t been following along, I was an English major in college and so I read A LOT of classics and “important” books that I loved and then my first year out of college I read EVERY contemporary novel that was published that year, and now I’m obsessed with fantasy and sci-fi. I’m reading Asimov’s Foundations Series and Neil Stephenson, and every book Sarah J. Maas has wrote and this summer is my attempt to diversify my reading a bit).

Also, I haven’t been doing too well with actually reviewing the books. I’m either working or reading and I know I need to get better with that so I’m going to try. This Sunday I’m going to post a few reviews and I’m going to figure out how that will look. Stay tuned.

**Question** When I’m not reading I like to binge-watch a bunch of Netflix. I’m into genre shows at the moment. I just finished Stranger Things and I freakin’ loved it. Let me know if you’re watching it or any shows I should be watching.



May Reading Wrap-Up Part 1

Hello everyone!

So I got behind a bit on posting in May. But SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED. I’ve read a lot of books, I attended Sarah J. Maas’ event for A Court of Mist and Fury, I’ve packed up my entire house because I am moving in FOUR DAYS, I started my online business, and a lot more.

So let me dive into wrapping May up.

First of all, I finished the final three Harry Potter books.

I am such a fan already. Harry Potter will probably forever be my favorite character of all-time. Of course, there are other characters that are fantastic (Dumbledore, Hermione, Dobby, the entire Weasely family), but Harry has a special place in my heart.

Spoilers will follow now: 

I loved Harry the moment he faced Voldemort at the end of Goblet of Fire.

“He knew one thing only, and it was beyond fear or reason: He was not going to die crouching here like a child playing hide-and-seek; he was not going to die kneeling at Voldemort’s feet . . . he was going to die upright like his father, and he was going to die trying to defend himself, even if no defense was possible. . . .”

I was sitting in a coffee shop while I read that and I was crying. A lot. Harry’s strength of character and bravery is outstanding. The bravery of so many of the HP characters is beautiful. I think that is what made the final book so hard. All the characters who died did so bravely, for the greater good. And it broke my heart. Such a fantastic series.

Okay, Spoilery talk over. If you haven’t read the Harry Potter series yet, you definitely need to! I envy you, and feel free to comment as you start that adventure.

Next series that I read was:

THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas.

Okay. So. I’m cheating a little bit by listing Heir of Fire here, because I’m only half way done with it, but that’s okay, I think.

I’m going to do this in a list form of reasons why I love this series:

  1. Caelena is a badass feminist character. She is tough, powerful and not defined by her romantic relationships
  2. Caelena is an assassin. This is the premise of the series. And Sarah J. Maas does not shy away from the brutality and the ugliness of that. I went into this series wanting realism and not a white-washed version of violence and war.
  3. And a final reason is that the characters are not stereotypes. Caelena is a girly-girl who loves buying things and eating sweat things. She is a strong (both emotionally and physically) girl, who is also very feminine, much like Buffy Summers (If you haven’t seen Buffy the Vampire Slayer yet, check it out while it’s on Netflix. Especially if you like the Throne of Glass series!

I am going to pause here. The Part 2 to my May wrap up (which will include the final few books I will be reading this month) will be posted tomorrow. It will include pictures and insider info on the ACOTAR series and ACOMAF book signing, new on my new Nerd Skirt business, and my review of Cinder, the first novel in the Lunar Chronicles, that I binged read last night because apparently everyone needs to read the series.

Thanks for reading!

Leave a message in the comments and tell me

  1. Who your favorite Harry Potter character is and why?
  2. Damien or Chaol?? I know. Not fair.