Monthly Wrap-Ups

November Wrap-Up

Happy December, Everyone! Time is flying by and now it is full speed ahead into Christmas. November was such a great reading month for me. I managed to read 4 books total, but I didn’t have a lot of time to write up individual reviews throughout the month. So, I thought I would do a monthly wrap-up with 4 mini-reviews. So here goes:

Roomies by Christina Lauren ✰✰✰✰

I was in the mood for something lighthearted and fun over the Thanksgiving weekend and Roomies was a perfect choice. It definitely indulged my weepy romantic side, but it was also really well written. The characterization of both Holland and Calvin was so unique and really gave a sense of the whole person, not just who they were in terms of the relationship and the plot. I loved that the authors included all of their embarrassing moments – including Holland’s obsession with her “hot subway busker,” and Calvin’s marriage lies to his family back home in Ireland. These were all very real and relatable moments. My only complaint here was that I never really questioned either character’s motives in the same way they questioned each other. So it was a little frustrating at times to watch the two of them essentially make up things to be upset about. But overall, this was a perfect feel-good romantic comedy with really adorable characters.

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren ✰✰✰✰

img_1016Ok, full disclosure, I read Roomies so fast that I needed another feelgood romance to finish out the long Thanksgiving weekend. Since I loved Roomies so much, I picked up Josh and Hazel. This was a really cute “friends to lovers” troupe with a fun twist. Ok, Hazel herself is really the twist. She was so unlike any female lead character I’ve read. She is unapologetically over-the-top, loud, blunt, free, and absolutely amazing! I loved that even though she’d been told time and time again that she was “too weird” or “too crazy” she never changed. She never altered herself in any way or attempted to please anyone but herself. For that, I give Christina Lauren a big high five. Hazel’s personality contrasted so well with Josh’s uptight demeanor and they made such a funny pair of opposites. I also really loved the Portland vibes. Having lived there for two years, I can definitely see someone like Hazel being happy and thriving in this amazing city. Thanks for keeping Portland weird Christina Lauren.

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager ✰✰✰✰

The second I read that this book took place at a creepy summer camp in upstate New York where a mysterious crime once took place, I was all in. Emma is a prominent New York artist who returns to the summer camp she attended at age 13 to confront the unsolved disappearance of her 3 cabin roommates 15 years prior. Once Emma actually arrives back at the camp, she starts to uncover cryptic clues and messages left by the girls. She has to unravel these clues in order to finally figuring out what happened to them. This novel was so fast paced and kept me guessing the entire time. It led me on a wild goose chase. Emma herself is constantly following different leads and theories, and I was following right along with her. Every time I thought I had it figured out, a new clue appeared and it was right back to square one. With about 5 pages left in the book, I thought everything was nicely wrapped up. I was completely wrong! Another crazy plot twist left me stunned. This was a perfect mystery with a crazy fun plot twist! My only complaint was that at times there was this weird time warp happening- where things happened exactly as they did in the past. Even down to what the camp served for dinner. I am not sure if all of this was intentional, but it took away from the believability at times.

The Witches of New York by Ami McKay ✰✰✰✰

After Halloween, I was really feeling the witchy vibes. Although the plot took a little while to pick-up for me, I loved the mood of this book. Witch grimoires, talking ravens, crafting spells, reading tea leaves- all of this created such an irresistible mood. The 1880s (Gilded Age) New York was the perfect setting for this story- gas lamps, horse-drawn carriages, bowler hats, parasols, plus the growing urbanization of the city. Adelaide, Beatrice, and Eleanor, our witches, are powerful women, but still, have to hide their talents for fear of persecution. With the start of Women’s Suffrage at this time, their little tea shop becomes a safe haven for all women seeking change. The overall message of the story was a really powerful one about what women can accomplish when they come together.

So that is my November Wrap-Up! Here’s to some more cozy holiday reads in December! Happy reading! 

-Erin

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May Wrap-Up/June TBR

May Wrap-up: Books, Music, Movies/TV…(ya know, the important stuff)

May was all about the ACOTAR Series for me. I have been wanted to read it for awhile now and I’m so glad I finally got around it. I love all of these characters so much. I was also able to read the ARC for Stephanie Garber’s new book, Legendary (Caraval #2). I really enjoyed this book, too, maybe even more than the first. Check out my reviews of all four of my May reads below:

Books:

Click on the title to read my reviews for each:

A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (by far my favorite in the series)

A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Legendary (Caraval #2) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

June TBR:

Here is what’s on my radar for June:

  • A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.1 novella)
  • A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
  • Thunderhead (Scythe #2) – Super excited for this since Scythe was amazing!
  • Darkest Minds
  • Tower of Dawn (ToG #6) – Even Though Choal is not my favorite, I want to read this before the final ToG comes out in Oct.

Music:

This month I have fallen in love with Billie Eilish! Some of her songs are more on the pop side, but she also has an amazing variety of music. Her voice is ethereal and sultry, I just love her! For more information on Billie Eilish or to check out her music: click here 👉🏻 Billie Eilish

Watched:

I honestly didn’t watch much this month since I was so engrossed in the ACOTAR series. I did manage to catch up on The Handmaid’s Tale. This show continues to blow me away. It’s frightening and intriguing. You can’t help but ask yourself if this could actually happen. The scariest scenes for me are the moments from “before” where we see the slow poisoning of society. These moments give me chills. Of all the book to film/television adaptations that I have seen, this has to be one of the best!


May was a great month of entertainment for me! Here’s to an even better June!!

Happy Reading! And watching/listening 🙂

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March Wrap-Up

What I read, watched and listened to in the month of March! Books, Music, Movies/TV…ya know, the important stuff

Read: I’ve been on a big YA fantasy kick lately and I just devoured the Throne of Glass Series. I loved this series. It’s started off a little slow in the first two books, but books 3, 4, 5 were just so much fun! I did also manage to get in one Historical Fiction novel this month. The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin.

Click on the title to read my reviews for each:

Hire of Fire (ToG #3) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Queen of Shadows (ToG #4) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Empire of Storms (ToG #5) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The American Heiress ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

Listened To:

Matisyahu – I have loved Matisyahu since his first album, Youth. I love his inspirational, mellow vibe and his new album is just as amazing! My favorite song on the album is “Step out into the Light”

Greatest Showman Soundtrack: I have yet to see the film, but I can’t get enough of the soundtrack. It’s not a traditionally Broadway sound, it’s really a mixture of all genres of music. I would recommend this to anyone who loves Hamilton. My Favorite song on the album is, “The Other Side.”

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Watched:

Movies: Call Me By Your Name, I-Tonya, and Murder on the Orient Express – All three of these movies were so well done.

Call me By Your Name was a gorgeous story that really shows how people come into your life and change you and shape you, even if they are not meant to stay in your life forever. The lush setting and relaxed feel of the movie were so beautiful. It made me want to jump on a plane to Italy.

I-Tonya: This was such a creative spin on a story that a lot of us saw unfold through the eyes of the media. But the movie does a great job of showing how this is really a story and a person that we don’t know at all. It did a great job of staying authentic to both the media’s version of the events and to Tonya as a person, and as an athlete.

Murder on the Orient Express: I read this book a while ago and I felt that the movie did a great job of capturing the story. A few details of the book were changed here and there, but it really stayed true to the story, the setting, and feel of this detective drama. The actors were amazing and the cinematography was beautiful. Even though I knew the end, I was still excited to see how it all unfolded in the film.

TV: The Alienist on TNT- This was really the only TV I watched this month, but that’s ok because it was amazing! I love the American Gilded Age and it was so interesting to think about the origins of psychiatry in solving crimes. I would highly recommend this show to everyone, especially those that enjoy period dramas and crime dramas.

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts on any and all of the above!

Here’s to a new month! Happy April!

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