A couple of years ago I read a popular called The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Hann … and I absolutely hated it. Like, I started reading this at midnight and finished it at 4am, fuelled on by my anger.
I’ve since taken every opportunity to bitch on this book every chance I get.
I am now having a full on existential crisis because I’ve just finished watching the TV show and I LOVED IT!! What the hell?!?! This is honestly the most unexpected thing that’s happened to me all year so we’re gonna talk about that today.
Hey and howdy 👋 We are nearing the end of Pride of Month and of course I have to do a pride related tag at some point this month so today I’m going to be doing the new LGBTQ+ Historical Icons Tag created by Laura @ The Corner of Laura!
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I’m having a really good reading year so far! Not only have I already completed my Goodreads Reading Goal of 40 books but I’ve actually really enjoyed most of the books that I’ve read. Quality is just as important as quantity.
🕯️🕯️Manifesting that the year will continue just as good as it’s start 🕯️🕯️.
Since we’re halfway through the year now though I thought I’d take today to look back at what I’ve read and pick out my absolute favourites!
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
I’m pretty sure I’ve now read all of Elizabeth Acevedo’s published books now and I have to say that The Poet X might just be my favourite of the lot. I started this book and was immediately engrossed. It made me feel so many emotions on Xiomara’s behalf: love, anger, frustration, sadness.
Like some of her other works, this is written in verse and having just finished studying a bunch of poetry at Uni at the time, and also having read more verse over the years since picking up my first Acevedo book, I really connected more with the writing.
Today I come to you with a list of really great books that feature prominent F/F characters and romances. I’m sure you’ve probably heard about all of these books already but I’m gonna talk about them anyways because I love them your honour!
A Lesson in Vengeance by Victoria Lee – Dark Academia lesbians who are investigating their schools history of witchcraft and murder. Make sure you have a cup of tea when you read this one.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenksins Reid – Evelyn and Celia are the definition of soulmates.
Afterlove by Tanya Byrne – That awkward moment when your girlfriend dies and turns into a Grim Reaper. In all honesty though this book made me cry.
I’m finally back home in Spain and I’m getting my last round of assignment marks back which means I’ve officially finished with my first year of university.
Looking back the hardest part about being at uni was cooking for myself. If anyone is heading off to Uni for the first time in September please start learning to cook now. Not even learning to cook, I mean I can do the basics, but get thinking about meals you can make quickly and for cheap because it’s a nightmare. Pasta and wraps are going to make up the majority of your diet, believe me.
I’m very happy with myself for making it this far. Not to toot my own horn or anything but I am actually proud of myself, not even necessarily for the academic side of things, but for the social aspect of living away from home. I was very surprised by the lack of spiralling like I expected.
Obviously because of all this I’ve had to treat myself over the last couple of weeks with some new e-books. How can I not when e-books are so cheap and I’ve been so stressed?
Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman – My friend got me this as a going away present since I’m going to America in August and won’t be seeing them til January. I’ve already read it. I made the most of my train journey back from the Connan Gray concert to demolish this.
Book Lovers by Emily Henry – I’m jumping on the Emily Henry train this summer, starting with Beach Read and following up with this here newest release. I bought this because it was 99p and how am I meant to say no to that?
She Gets the Girl by Rachel Lippincott & Alysson Derrick – Rachel Lippincott is one of the authors of Five Feet Apart which I enjoyed but this book she wrote with her wife which is so cute. Again this was 99p and it’s a book I actually have had my eye on for a while so I’m excited to pick this up.
My plans for the day came to a screeching halt when my Grandma, who I was meant to spend the day and go out to dinner with, tested positive for Covid. I normally love it when plans get cancelled cause I’m very much an introvert. But I was looking forward to this, even just to get out of the house. I had my outfit picked out and everything.
To amend the fact that I feel all out of sorts now, I figured I’d talk a bit about my plans for this summer.
I’ve got a busy summer coming up. By the time this goes live I’ll be back in Spain, I think I’ll have even started my new job. Things on the agenda for this summer include:
Hanging out with my friends as much as possible even though we’re all going to be working.
Snorkeling. Every summer I say I’m going to do this more often but never actually do.
Another thing I say every summer is that I’m gonna write. Keep your fingers crossed for me. (If anyone wants a writing buddy, hit me up. I need all the help lol)
Trying not to let the anxiety kill me as I try and sort out my US visa. The only high-point in all of this is a possible trip to Madrid.
And then of course, the most important part of summer is reading as many books as possible! Even then though, I have specific reading goals for the summer that I’m hoping to achieve!
Orphaned as a baby, nineteen-year-old Signa has been raised by a string of guardians, each more interested in her wealth than her well-being – and each has met an untimely end. Her remaining relatives are the elusive Hawthornes, an eccentric family living at Thorn Grove, an estate both glittering and gloomy.
Its patriarch mourns his late wife through wild parties, while his son grapples for control of the family’s waning reputation and his daughter suffers from a mysterious illness. But when their mother’s restless spirit appears claiming she was poisoned, Signa realizes that the family she depends on could be in grave danger, and enlists the help of a surly stable boy to hunt down the killer.
Signa’s best chance of uncovering the murderer, though, is an alliance with Death himself, a fascinating, dangerous shadow who has never been far from her side. Though he’s made her life a living hell, Death shows Signa that their growing connection may be more powerful – and more irresistible – than she ever dared imagine.
Despite my “anticipated releases” which I post every quarter, I’m here today to talk about even more new releases with the caveat being that these are all new LGBTQ+ books that are on my radar.
My bank account full on sobs every time I make a post like this because you know full well I can’t afford all these. It’s wishful thinking window-shopping.
Icebreaker by A. L. Graziadei
It’s no secrete that I’m a bit obsessed with hockey-romance books. Have been ever since I read the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy.
Now, I’m not saying Icebreaker by A. L. Graciadei is going to be anything like that smutty and heterosexual series, but I am saying is that this is about two characters who play on the same college ice-hockey team that fall in love and features a hint of rivals-to-lover so I’m sure this is going to be right up my alley.
In the last two months I read 19 books. Part of me wants to know how I did this considering it’s been the end of the semester, the other part of me knows full well that I read this much because of procrastination.
Today we’re gonna speed run through wrapping up these 19 books. Some were great – favourite of the year contenders in fact, some were duds but overall a solid two months of reading!
You wanna know the best thing about having my own blog? It’s that when I’m a raging ball of anxiety and stress, I can hop on here and do a fun and silly little tag about ice-lollies.
And that’s exactly what I’m going to do. This post is inspired by the fact that I’ve developed an ice-lolly addiction. Case in point: I ate two mini-twisters back to back about an hour ago.
As I’m writing this I’ve got about a week left in my uni accommodation which means I’m running my freezers down. All that’s in my freezer draw right now is a bag of peas, chicken nuggets, and you guessed it, a shit ton of ice-lollies!
I found The Ice-Lolly Tag over atBook Murmuration, so check that post out, but I’m gonna dive right in, talk about ice-cream and hopefully get my brain to chill out a bit so I can sleep 😜 (there’s no Ice-Lolly emoji and I’m mad about it).
Mini Milk: Short and Sweet?
While writing this blog post I took a break and decided to read The Tea Dragon graphic novels by Kay O’Neil and oh my God I’m in love. The definition of short and sweet. I’m in love with the art style and would happily have any of these panels tattooed on my body.