🌞The Sunday Post: 4/10/2022

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Happy Sunday, friends. 🌞 I hope your day is off to a sunny, relaxing start. I am currently sitting on the couch with fluffy blankets, a cup of tea in hand, and Chillhop Lofi music playing in the background. I almost forgot that today is Palm Sunday.🌴 I must say, it really does not feel like Easter is just next week!

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. Per Kimberly, “It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.”

I would say that this week was a decent week overall. Life has been hectic lately with getting everything in order to start medical school in the summer. I have to set up student loans, find housing, coordinate my current housing, etc. The biggest hurdle has been housing because of limited availability.

Reading wise, I thoroughly enjoyed by buddy read of The Bridge Kingdom with Leslie and Dini. I will be posting my thoughts on the book tomorrow, most likely! Be on the look out for that post if you want to hear my thoughts on the story.

📌Currently Reading
From Blood and Ash by JLA (re-read in preparation for The War of Two Queens)
The Traitor Queen by Danielle Jensen – buddy read with Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack
(currently pausing on Ender’s Game)

I have somewhat deviated from my TBR as I started The Traitor Queen… It is alllll Leslie’s fault 😂 She convinced my to veer off the path of my TBR. (fellow TBR strays unite) 😂 Totally kidding. We both wanted to read the next book right after we finished TBK!

Book Haul
The Obsession by Jesse Sutano
Synopsis: Nobody knows Delilah like Logan does. Nobody. He makes sure of it by learning everything he can through her social media and watching her through a hidden camera he has trained on her house. Some might call him a stalker. Logan prefers to be called “romantic.”
But after Logan sees Delilah killing her abusive stepfather, he realizes there’s still more about her to discover. His sweet, perfect Delilah isn’t so perfect after all.
Delilah knows she should feel guilty, but all she feels is free. She’s so over the men in her life controlling her. Except Logan saw what she did, and he won’t let her forget it.
Delilah is done being the victim. And she refuses to be a character in Logan’s twisted fantasy. If Logan won’t let her go… she’ll make him.

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
Synopsis: The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it.
But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the murder, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final year project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

📋Recent Posts
Monthly Wrap Up: March
Gif-y Book Tag

👩🏽‍💻Upcoming Posts
Mini Review: The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle Jensen
Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Haven’t Read, But Want To (Submitted by Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse)
–Weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl.
Flashback Friday: Oldie Books with the Chosen One Trope

What are your plans for today? How was your reading week? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to link your Sunday post in the comments as well!

-Maya🌹

Monthly Wrap Up: March 2022☘️

Well, another month has come to an end. I was debating on whether or not I should put together a Monthly Wrap Up for March. If you are reading this, then you can see that I decided to post one!…. Last minute given that March ended just a bit over a week ago. 😂 Better late than never, as my dad has always said!

I always find Monthly Wrap Up posts quite intimidating, not only because of the amount of information that goes into the post, but also because…. I want to include interesting information. Or, include information in an interesting way (still working on that 😂). I am trying to improve my blogging so any tips (in general, or on this specific type of post) would be welcomed.

🤔Reflection

Looking at March as a whole, it month was a “big” month for me in the sense that I made the decision to restart blogging. While it might seem like an easy decision on the surface, it was actually a difficult one for me. Why you might ask? Because I did not want to start up this blog yet again and then disappear once medical school starts this summer. However, I realized a few things. 1: It is something that I really enjoy doing and time should be spent doing things one loves. Life is short, you know? 2: Medical school is hard in many ways, so hobbies are important to prevent burnout or a plummeting mental health. With these things in mind, I decided to return to blogging. Shout out to Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack who was so kind and supportive when I entertained returning to blogging! Be sure to check out her blog – I always enjoy reading her posts.

I recently read a quote that really spoke to me and summed up my feelings about March:

Don’t Just
Don’t just learn, experience.
Don’t just read, absorb.
Don’t just change, transform.
Don’t just relate, advocate.
Don’t just promise, prove.
Don’t just criticize, encourage.
Don’t just think, ponder.
Don’t just take, give.
Don’t just see, feel.
Don’t just dream, do.
Don’t just hear, listen.
Don’t just talk, act.
Don’t just tell, show.
Don’t just exist, live.

Roy T Bennett

For me, I feel that it is really easy to get lost in the “what if”, the “let’s just get through this” mentality. This has been especially true over the past couple of years with graduating from college and applying to medical school. However, that mindset is not one of presence and one can wish their life away with that perspective. Life is short and I don’t want to spend it that way! While it is tough sometimes, I want to live more consciously, more presently, and more purposefully. One of my figure skating coaches taught me “mindfulness” and it is something I want to return to. To be more purposeful is this practice, I recently purchased a book called “Mindfulness: A Practical Guide” by Tessa Watt. I will let you know how I like it once I begin reading it 😂.

Okay, enough of my musings. Here is the monthly wrap up:

📚Books Read: 4
The Return by JLA
The Power by JLA
The Struggle by JLA
The Prophecy by JLA

(Yes, I read only JLA books in March. I have no regrets.)

After finishing the Covenant series by JLA, I just had to dive right into the Titan series, a spin off of Covenant. It is rare that I find a series where I find myself totally consumed, but this one was definitely it. Jennifer Armentrout has yet to disappoint me! I feel that she provides her readers with new perspectives, comfort, and knowledge. I say knowledge because, through her Covenant series, I found out that Athens, OH is very haunted. Living in OH and being accepted into Ohio University’s Heritage College of Medicine, I was very interested in this tidbit. So I looked it up. Um. Yes, it is indeed haunted. Here is the link that made me shake in my boots 👻💀

📋March Posts
Top Ten Tuesday: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics
Monday Music Match Up: The Kiss of Deception (Remnant Chronicles)
Tentative Spring TBR
Monday Music Match Up: Covenant Series
Flashback Friday: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

🎥TV I Enjoyed This Month:
Is it Cake? on Netflix
Baking Impossible on Netflix
Reacher on Amazon Prime Video

Favorite memory of March
I had the opportunity to visit my grandmother’s two sisters, who I rarely ever get the chance to see due to us living in different states. I had never actually seen the three sisters together so it was such a joy to witness how much they love each other and how excited they were to be finally reunited after several years apart. It made me cherish my close relationship with my twin sister, Lauren, just that much more. ❤️

What books did you read this month? What was your most memorable part of March? Let me know in the comments below.🥰

-Maya🌹

✨The Gif-Y Book Tag✨

Hello my lovelies!
I have been less active this week than usual because I was completely sucked in my the second season of Bridgerton💐 as well as my current buddy read. I have stayed up quite late watching Bridgerton and, after 1.5 days of watching it, I have finished the second season. 😂 SO GOOD. This season definitely had me hooked!

Regarding the book I am reading, The Bridge Kingdom🌁, I am also enjoying it very much and I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts on it with you all here very soon.

I waas tagged in this Gif-Y Book Tag by the lovely V @TheSassyLibrary Fox🦊. V literally made my DAY when I saw my nomination.🥰 Thank you, V!!

Rules

  1. Thank the person who tagged you and leave a link to their blog.
  2. Mention the creators (Tiction and Nehal).
  3. Make a post, do list the rules.
  4. Use the tag #gif-y-love and choose a GIF you love for each of the provided prompts.
  5. Tag at least 5 people.
  6. That’s it! Make sure you laugh a lot in the process too.

The Prompts!

I’m Bored 

Current Mood

I have been feeling a bit groggy this morning!

Reading 

For *those* chapters
I have the tendency to laugh out loud, often times earning looks from either family, friends or random people.

Sarcastic

I love Ryan Reynolds’ humor/the roles he plays.

Spongebob 

Angry

My favorite GIF ever 😂

Scared

Winnie the Pooh is my favorite

Laughing

This is my sister and me laughing😂

I Nominate:
Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack
Dini @DiniPandaReads
Sofi @ABook.AThought.
Kristin @KristinKravesBooks
Kyla @Kyla’sLibrary

This was such a fun book tag. Thank you so much to V @TheSassyLibraryFox for nominating me. What were some of your favorite GIFs that I included in my post?

-Maya🌹

🌞The Sunday Post: 4/3/2022

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Happy Sunday, all.
Welcome to my Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. Per Kimberly, “It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.”

How was your week? Overall, mine was pretty decent but, towards the end of the week, some things went sour. 😕🥀 It’s okay, though. As my mom would say, too much sweet will give you cavities. I would say that the bookish highlight of my week was getting a Barnes and Noble gift card. It was more so the thought behind the gift card rather than the gift card itself, but I sure did have a fantastic time at B&N selecting books to buy. 😂

📚Book Haul
Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L Armentrout (Storm and Fury #2)
The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout (Origin #1)
The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L Armentrout (Origin #2)

So the books I bought at the bookstore are all JLA books, but my reasoning behind that was they never have her books in stock and I am planning on continuing her Storm and Fury series as well as planning to read the Origin series and since the opportunity to buy them presented itself, I took it!😊

🔖Currently Reading
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
*This is going quite slowly. When it comes to these genres/types of books, I tend to read them very, very slowly. 😂
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle Jensen (buddy read with Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack and Dini @DiniPandaReads)
*Loving it so far!

📋Recent Blog Posts
🧐 Flashback Friday: Oldie Bookish Pet Peeves😬
📚Top Ten Tuesday: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics
📖+🎵Monday Music Match Up: The Kiss of Deception💋 ⚔️

🎬TV I’ve Been Enjoying
Is It Cake? on Netflix
Baking Impossible on Netflix
March Madness
(Poor Nova got their butts kicked. AND – can you believe that Duke is OUT?!)

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday. Be sure to link your Sunday Post in the comments below!

P.S. – I am so grateful for you all and your viewership🥰

-Maya🌹

🧐 Flashback Friday: Oldie Bookish Pet Peeves😬

Hi my bookish friends,

It is finally Friday. 🎉 And you know what that means?! It is 🧐 Flashback Friday! In the spirit of April Fool’s Day, the topic is bookish pet peeves😬. Flashback Friday is a meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires which highlights older novels with the hopes of bringing them back into the spotlight. Anyone can partake in this meme. For rules and more information, click here.

  1. Cover changes midway through the series
    Example: Titan series by JLA
    I really like the cool tones of the first two covers, but the color scheme of the last two covers just do NOT go with the first two… and that really bugs me. Uniformity pleaseeeee!😫 (I would have included the ACOTAR series with the newest release ACOSF not matching the previous books, but I am really not sure if it was intended to be different because ACOSF is somewhat separate from the others. Although, it still did bug me just a little bit😂)

2. Books that do not share the same dimensions within a series
I can’t think of any off the top of my head but I have definitely come across this before and it really irks me😂

3. Really tall/wide books
I am sure this is just a “me” thing, but Ender’s Game, at least the copy I have is literally huge and I don’t like it. Its dimensions are: 6.08 x 0.75 x 9.24.

What are some of your bookish pet peeves? Let me know in the comments below.

-Maya🌹

📚Top Ten Tuesday: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics

Happy TTT, everyone!
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week, there is a new topic for which we list ten items. This week’s topic is: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics. This topic was submitted by Lisa of Hopewell. This is a pretty cool topic, but I definitely struggled with it! 😬 To help, I did a little research on what constitutes a classic work. According to an article in ThoughtCo, there are several qualities that make up a classic literary piece, including artistic quality, withstanding the test of time, universal appeal, connections, and relevance for multiple generations. Classic literature is an expression of life, truth, and beauty. It must be of high artistic quality, at least for the time in which it was written” (Esther Lombardi, ThoughtCo). Click here to view the entire article.

I tried to include books that hit on one or more of the qualities listed above and the attributes that the article discussed.

  1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  5. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  6. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
    I know that this might seem a little bit… unconventional. However, many people know about this book/movie so it definitely hits on a couple of classic qualities.
  7. Life of Pi Yann Martel
  8. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  9. Circe by Madeline Miller
  10. The Boy in Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

What do you think of my list? What is on your TTT? Be sure to include the link to your post in the comments.

-Maya🌹

📖+🎵Monday Music Match Up: The Kiss of Deception💋 ⚔️

Hello my fellow bookworms!
I am feeling a bit tired today from a long weekend of driving and spending time with family, but it is a “good” kind of tired. A “content” type of tired. The weekend was full of family fun and excitement. Some excitement was not so… exciting. 😂 I *almost* lost my favorite and only pair of wedge shoes. So we were getting back pretty late last night (around 10:30 PM) and right as we were getting home, it hit me. I left my wedges in the back seat of the rental car. (I decided to switch out my wedge heels for sandals for the long car ride and forgot them in the car when we returned the car). My family was insistent that we go back and get the shoes so we dropped my gramma off and went back to the airport, the rental car office to get them. I was prepared to accept the loss of my favorite, and only, pair of wedge shoes, but they were successfully retrieved!🎉 How was your weekend? What is your week looking like?

Monday Music Match Up is a weekly meme hosted here at HerBookishDesires that hat shares the music that I have listened to, or matched, with certain books or series. Today, I am highlighting The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson, which includes The Kiss of Deception, The Heart of Betrayal, and The Beauty of Darkness.

While reading this trilogy, I listened to “Take Flight” by Lindsey Stirling. I felt that the song really captured Lia who has an adventurous, courageous, and strong spirit as well as a kind heart. I hope you enjoy the music! I have also included the synopsis to read while you listen.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.
On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

I recently read a great review by Sofi @ABook.AThought. I really enjoyed reading Sofi’s review of TKOD and I enjoy reading all of her other types of posts. Be sure to check her blog out. She is really sweet!💜

What did you think of my music selection? Have you read TKOD? Let me know in the comments below.

Posts You Might Have Missed:
The Sunday Post: 3/27/2022
Tentative Spring TBR

-Maya🌹

🌞The Sunday Post: 3/27/2022

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Happy Sunday, all!
How is your weekend? Mine has been very busy, but in a great way. My weekend has been spent driving to AZ and celebrating my gramma with her two sisters. Today is my gramma’s birthday so there is still more celebrating to be had.😁

Today’s post is The Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @CaffeinatedReviewer. Per Kimberly, “It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.”

Books I Finished This Week:
The Prophecy by Jennifer L Armentrout
–5 stars⭐️
Guys. JLA is a literal QUEEN👑. I know she has gotten a lot of recognition with her Blood and Ash series, which is totally valid given how fantastic those books are, but her other books are just as fantastic. There is not one JLA book that I have not liked thus far. She has never let me down! Every time I read one of her books, I am left with a HUGE book hangover that only more JLA can fix. 😂 So far, I have read 30 of her books. I believe that she has written around 68 books (including novellas), but my count very well could be off! Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

Currently Reading:
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

My goal for next week is to finish Ender’s Game. I will then be starting a buddy read of Bridge Kingdom by Danielle Jensen with the lovely Leslie @BooksAreTheNewBlack and Dini @DiniPandaReads. I am super excited for this buddy read.

Total Books Read in 2022: 13/50
February: 9
March: 4

*I am still quite behind on my goal of 50 before August😂 but it is totally fineeeee. Looking at it from a “50 books in a year” perspective, I am 3 books ahead!😁

Recent Posts:
Monday Music Match Up: Covenant Series😈🗡🏛
Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Adjectives in the Title🦋
Tentative Spring TBR🌷

Upcoming Posts:
🎵Monday Music Match Up
📚Top Ten Tuesday: 21st Century Books I Think Will Become Classics
(weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl)
The Gif-y Love Tag – Tiction and Nehal are creators, and I was tagged by V @TheSassyLibraryFox!
🧐Flashback Friday: Oldie Books with Your Bookish Pet Peeves

TV Shows I Recently Finished:
🎬Reacher on Netlfix
–5 stars⭐️

Other TV:
🏀MARCH MADNESS: NCAA College Basketball Tournament

What did you read or watch this week? What are your goals for next week? Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to link your Sunday Post in the comments as well so I don’t miss it!

-Maya🌹

(Tentative) Spring 2022 TBR🌷

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Hello, friends💗!
TGIF!🙏🏼 What are your plans for the weekend? I will be traveling to Arizona so my gramma can meet up with her sisters… Just in time for her birthday this Sunday, too. I am excited for our girls road trip!🚗🧳

Today’s post is my very tentative spring TBR. I do not particularly like TBRs because, quite frankly, I am not too great at sticking to them😂. At first, I was good at adhering to them, but over time, I fell off the wagon. 😂 However, I have quite a few unread books in my shelf that I want to read before buying new books so I am putting together a tentative TBR so I can get those read–for the most part. I may add books to April and May, but this is what I could come up with for now!

March☘️
The Return by JLA
The Power by JLA
The Struggle by JLA
The Prophecy by JLA (currently reading)
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (currently reading)

April🌷
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle Jensen [Buddy Read with Leslie🌸 @BooksAreTheNewBlack) and Dini🐼 (@DiniPandaReads)] – technically starting it mid next week but that is close enough to the first week of April😂
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (re-read) by JLA
The Crown of Gilded Bones (re-read) by JLA
A Shadow in the Ember by JLA

May🦋
The War of Two Queens by JLA [Buddy Read with Leslie🌸 @BooksAreTheNewBlack) and Dini🐼 (@DiniPandaReads)]
House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A Craig
Crush by Tracy Wolff
Covet by Tracy Wolff
Gods and Monsters by Shelby Mahurin
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

What is on your spring TBR? Let me know in the comments below. Feel free to link your Spring TBR post in the comments (or another post of yours!).

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Friday.💛

-Maya🌹

📚Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Adjectives in the Title🦋

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Hello bookworms!📚🐛
Happy TTT! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ThatArtsyReaderGirl. Each week, there is a new topic for which we make a list of 10 items. Click here for more information! Today’s topic is: Books with Adjectives in the Title. This topic was submitted by Nicole @HowToTrainABookDragon.

  1. The Darkest Star by Jennifer L Armentrout
  2. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd Jones
  3. White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout
  4. Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa
  5. The Forbidden Game by LJ Smith
  6. Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout
  7. Cursed by Jennifer L Armentrout
  8. This Woven Kingdom by Tahereh Mafi
  9. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  10. Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Cantor

I included quite a few Jennifer Armentrout books to show my appreciation for her – not only because she is my favorite author but she has been getting a lot of hate for her recent release, The War of Two Queens. It is important to note that authors are people too and we have the privilege of reading their books, their art, their legacy. It is totally okay to express opinion, but it can be done so in a way that is not threatening or hateful.

Okay, I digress. 😬

Number 10 on my list is a book I just discovered (like, a few min ago) – it is a reimagining of The Great Gatsby. It sounds really good so I am definitely adding it to my TBR. For any Gatsby lovers, I’d recommend you check it out and decide for yourself if you think it might be something you are interested in!✨

What did you think about my TTT selections? Please be sure to link your post in the comments below!

-Maya🌹