Bookish Goals for 2021

I really should’ve posted this at the beginning of this year but things got busy and I didn’t have time to write this post. It was a lot easier to go ahead and post things I had already written. I want to separate the types of bookish goals I have because I have some reading goals for the year and then I have goals for each of my social media sites. I want to share these with you all because I feel this makes it so that I am held accountable for these goals. I’ll make sure to update you all on these goals, for now I’m thinking I’ll do a mid-year update.

Reading Goals

At this time my plan is to complete 75 books this year, while secretly hoping that this is the year I can finally get to 100 books. I’m currently at 11 out of those 75 books and if I keep reading at this rate I should be able to reach that goal sooner rather than later.

I plan on reading 50 pages of a physical book each day, 15% of my e-book a day and 2 hours of an audio book per day. I am doing really poorly with 50 pages a day and 15% of an e-book. I wind up having to use all day of a weekend to complete my physical book and then all day of another day to complete the e-book. The goal is to have 1 of each type of book completed each week and so far I haven’t failed with that goal. Listening to 2 hours of an audiobook a day has been easier this year than last as I just do that while working. It does mean that sometimes I rewind and re-listen to pieces but that’s okay.

Something else that I really want to do this year is complete a buddy read. This one is really on me and I just need to stop being scared to participate in one. I always worry that I won’t be able to keep up with reading the book or I won’t like the book. I just need to get over this fear and reach out when others are seeking buddies to read with.

I also really want to complete a readathon this year and there are so many that I want to participate in. Some I just don’t know how to and others well I have tried and just can’t read fast enough to complete them.

Bookish Social Media Goals

This is the harder part of my bookish goals because I can only do so much to promote myself. I’m also really bad about promoting myself on social media. Something I had planned to do this year was revamp each of my social media sites but I had time last year so I did some of it last year.

For Instagram, my goal this year is to reach 2,000 followers which I am only 500 followers away from. I also hope to host a giveaway on my instagram but I am just working on what kind it should be and how to go about this. For instagram, I also want to start sharing more of my life outside of books, so start sharing more of me. I realized that I don’t share much of me beyond books and thought you all deserve to know me. I’m just trying to figure out how to intricate more of my interests on there.

Twitter- I am so surprised that I even got any followers there but I am so pleased. I love being able to engage with the book community on twitter and have found such a supportive community on there. I have 400 followers on there and the goal is to just keep the followers and to post more content on there. I have to see what others post on twitter and see how to continue promoting my blog post and insta posts on there while maintaining a balance of original content.

For this blog, the goal is to reach 250 followers which isn’t much more than what I have now. Thank you all for following me, it really means a lot that over 200 of you decided to follow me and stick with me. Another goal for this blog is to remain consistent with my posting so I currently am posting Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. This might change month for month but the goal is to always post 3 times. This means that I will need to figure out what else to post about weekly. Lately I’ve been watching one movie a week so I may be able to start my movie and book comparisons up again, or might just start a movie review page on here.

Let me know if you have any ideas for what else I could write on here, what do you want to see?

Books to read to support Autistic Authors for Autism Acceptance Month

I know the month is almost over but I wanted to make sure that I gave you all some options on how to support Autistic people this month and beyond. Try to read one of these books before this month ends or read these at any time of the year, there is no reason to limit when you read a book. There is a lot more options for you if none of these sound like something you would enjoy, just go to Goodreads and search for books by autistic authors.

Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sønderby 

As one of the only remaining autistics in the universe, Xandri Corelel has faced a lot of hardship, and she’s earned her place as the head of Xeno-Liaisons aboard the first contact ship Carpathia. But her skill at negotiating with alien species is about to be put to the ultimate test.

The Anmerilli, a notoriously reticent and xenophobic people, have invented a powerful weapon that will irrevocably change the face of space combat. Now the Starsystems Alliance has called in Xandri and the crew of the Carpathia to mediate. The Alliance won’t risk the weapon falling into enemy hands, and if Xandri can’t bring the Anmerilli into the fold, the consequences will be dire.

Amidst sabotage, assassination attempts, and rampant cronyism, Xandri struggles to convince the doubtful and ornery Anmerilli. Worse, she’s beginning to suspect that not everyone on her side is really working to make the alliance a success. As tensions rise and tempers threaten to boil over, Xandri must focus all her energy into understanding the one species that has always been beyond her: her own.

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang 

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases — a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

It doesn’t help that Stella has Asperger’s and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice — with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can’t afford to turn down Stella’s offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan — from foreplay to more-than-missionary position…

Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he’s making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic…

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison 

Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits—an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes (and stick his younger brother in them)—had earned him the label “social deviant.” No guidance came from his mother, who conversed with light fixtures, or his father, who spent evenings pickling himself in sherry. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.

After fleeing his parents and dropping out of high school, his savant-like ability to visualize electronic circuits landed him a gig with KISS, for whom he created their legendary fire-breathing guitars. Later, he drifted into a “real” job, as an engineer for a major toy company. But the higher Robison rose in the company, the more he had to pretend to be “normal” and do what he simply couldn’t: communicate. It wasn’t worth the paycheck.

It was not until he was forty that an insightful therapist told him he had the form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way Robison saw himself—and the world.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde 

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.

2020 Book Challenges

I’ve always seen book challenges floating around and have always been intimidated by them. Because of that I’ve only ever participated in the Goodreads challenge so this year I found 3 that I want to try.

Armed with a Bingo by Aruel and Kriti

52 books in 52 weeks on Goodreads

1. A book with a title that doesn’t contain the letters A, T or Y
2. A book by an author whose last name is one syllable
3. A book that you are prompted to read because of something you read in 2019
4. A book set in a place or time that you wouldn’t want to live
5. The first book in a series that you have not started

6. A book with a mode of transportation on the cover
7. A book set in the southern hemisphere
8. A book with a two-word title where the first word is “The”
9. A book that can be read in a day

10. A book that is between 400-600 pages
11. A book originally published in a year that is a prime number
12. A book that is a collaboration between 2 or more people
13. A prompt from a previous Around the Year in 52 Books challenge (Link)
14. A book by an author on the Abe List of 100 Essential Female Writers (link)

15. A book set in a global city
16. A book set in a rural or sparsely populated area
17. A book with a neurodiverse character
18. A book by an author you’ve only read once before

19. A fantasy book
20. The 20th book [on your TBR, in a series, by an author, on a list, etc.]
21. A book related to Maximilian Hell, the noted astronomer and Jesuit Priest who was born in 1720
22. A book with the major theme of survival

23. A book featuring an LGBTQIA+ character or by an LGBTQIA+ author
24. A book with an emotion in the title
25. A book related to the arts
26. A book from the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards
27. A history or historical fiction

28. A book by an Australian, Canadian or New Zealand author
29. An underrated book, a hidden gem or a lesser known book
30. A book from the New York Times ‘100 Notable Books’ list for any year
31. A book inspired by a leading news story

32. A book related to the 2020 Olympic Summer Games in Japan
33. A book about a non-traditional family
34. A book from a genre or sub genre that starts with a letter in your name
35. A book with a geometric pattern or element on the cover

36. A book from your TBR/wishlist that you don’t recognize, recall putting there, or put there on a whim
37. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #1
38. Two books that are related to each other as a pair of binary opposites: Book #2
39. A book by an author whose real name(s) you’re not quite sure how to pronounce

40. A book with a place name in the title
41. A mystery
42. A book that was nominated for one of the ‘10 Most Coveted Literary Prizes in the World’ (link)
43. A book related to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse
44. A book related to witches

45. A book by the same author who wrote one of your best reads in 2019 or 2018
46. A book about an event or era in history taken from the Billy Joel song “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
47. A classic book you’ve always meant to read
48. A book published in 2020

49. A book that fits a prompt from the list of suggestions that didn’t win (link)
50. A book with a silhouette on the cover
51. A book with an “-ing” word in the title
52. A book related to time

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

Click the follow button if you want updates on my reading challenges throughout the year. I’ll be updating you all monthly on how far I get with each challenge.

Reasons I’m Thankful for the Book Community

I kept thinking what I wanted to post for today since my typical posting days are Mondays and Thursdays. I was going to post a book review like any other day but I felt that this would be a great opportunity to thank all of you and the bookish community for what I’ve been given this past year. There’s so much I’m thankful for this year so ima highlight a few.

Reignition of my love for reading

I have always loved to read but there have been times when I put the books aside due to school and lack of motivation. The book community introduced me to so many new books and made me want to read a lot more to keep up with new releases.

A sense of Community and Belonging

As an adult who is no longer going to school and wasnt working I felt like there wasnt a place for me. The bookish community embraced me and gave me new friends. I feel supported and encouraged to keep making content.

New Perspective

As I kept reading so many books across many genres I gained new perspectives on different things. Things I had seen as negative or something harmful in my life are now seen as just something that taught me something. I gained new views on genres I wouldnt have picked up before.

Strength to Move Forward during Rough Times

I started my bookstagram and book blog when I was unemployed and struggling to land a job. The times I was engaging in bookish activities or with my new community I forgot that I was struggling. I was able to put that aside for a minute and return to the job search refreshed. It wasnt too long before i found a job and this community kept my spirits up.

I hope you all have a great holiday. What are you all thankful for?

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello all, I have been nominated by Danni over at _ForBooksSake and I thought this was a cute way to do a get to know me post which I haven’t done in a while. Thank you for the nomination, it was a pleasant surprise.

The Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.

Danni’s Questions

What are you currently reading, and are you enjoying it so far?
I’m currently reading Ziggy, Stardust, and Me and am so excited to finally get a chance to read it. I’m loving it already and am only 10 pages into the story.

What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?
I can’t stand when books have written notes in the margins or have highlights on it.

Tell me an interesting fact about yourself

I find viruses and diseases fascinating and find some sort of beauty in their terror.

Which TV show could you watch over and over again, and not get bored?

My go to TV show that I can do re-watchings of will always be Grey’s Anatomy. I’m currently on my second re-watch and can’t wait to start it all over again, you always catch new things.

Which fictional character would you love to be friends with?

Um there’s so many to pick from and what makes it difficult is that depending on what age in my life it was there would be a different character. I think if I had to pick and I was the age I am now I would have to say Otis from the Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Z Brewer.

How are your bookshelves organised?

I tend to change them every time that I do book photos and they are organized by hard covers all together and paperbacks together. After that I separate them by things I’ve read and haven’t read.

Do you have any hobbies?

Besides reading, I like to write and watch television. It’s very specific shows though and they’re all medical shows. I also love playing video games when I have the time, and going to the mall.

What is your favourite famous work of art?

I’m not sure I really have one.

Do you collect any type of bookish merch?

Bookmarks mostly

Which is your favourite season, and why?

My favorite season changes all the time and right now I’m loving Fall. I just love all the fall colors and decor and then that’s when the holiday season really begins.

Which book or series brings you the most happiness?

This is another thing that changes for me all the time and when I wrote this I would have to say The Hot Zone. Every time I see that book it just reminds me of how much I love it and how much I love reading about viruses and diseases. Now that I’m revisiting this and just having finished Crisis in the Red Zone, I would have to say any of the Ebola books by Richard Preston.

My Questions

  1. What are your favorite books of 2019 so far?
  2. What do you enjoy drinking when you are reading?
  3. Is there a topic that you enjoy reading about?
  4. What’s your favorite genre of books?
  5. What’s your favorite book to movie adaptation?
  6. Favorite book quote
  7. Do you prefer to read in the morning or at night?
  8. What do you think is the most over rated book?
  9. Which author would you like to meet?
  10. Book boyfriend/girlfriend
  11. Favorite book read for class?

I’m Nominating the following people:

Becky- CoffeeCocktailsandBooks
Sarah- Sarah’sLibraryofStuff
Hina- HinaLovestoRead
Astrid- BookLoverBookReviews
Ally- Ally’sReadingCorner
Sahar- SLCJewishReader
Courtney- ANerdyBookBirdy
Pink- BonjourBook
Tiffany- BookishTiffany
Mir- TBRandBeyond
Miki- FourInterests

This or That Book Tag

This is the first tag time I’ve been tagged on something on my blog and I figured why not give it a try. Chapel over at Kavordian Library tagged me in this one so thank you for that. This is a nice fun way to get to know me.

The Couch or the Bed

This one is so hard for me to decide because I like to keep my bed for only sleeping or else getting to sleep becomes a chore for me. The couch is comfy only for a short period of time though and then I get distracted by 500 other things. I think I’ll go with the bed but not necessarily my bed, like I love using my mom’s bed to read in when no one is around.

Main Male or Female MC

I love a female MC, I don’t think I’ve read very many books that have a great main male character. I love the perspective that a good female MC brings to a book.

Sweet or Salty Snacks

I have this discussion at work all the time and I will always stick to sweet snacks. Salty snacks are good once in a while but only in limited quantity but for sweets just give me them all. I don’t think that there is a sweet snack that I don’t enjoy.

Trilogies or Quartets

This one really depends on the book, if the plot can get done in three books then there is no need for a fourth one. I think most of my favorite series are done in trilogies.

A.M. or P.M.

So I used to be a P.M person and love reading through the night until I started a full time job. I love reading in the A.M. now, there’s something about breaking into a good book so early in the morning when people aren’t awake yet. The world just seems so quiet and at peace.

First or Third P.O.V.

I love a good first P.O.V. because it feels like I’m right there in the story. It makes all the emotions that I feel throughout the book 10x better. I also love how mysterious it is because you don’t know much about the other character’s actions or thoughts.

Libraries or Bookstores

I used to always be at book stores but then Borders closed and I couldn’t find a new favorite. I love the library and am a big advocate for them because you cant get better than free media renting. The library also has so much to offer like programming and a place to build community with others.

Laugh or Cry

I want a book to make me cry because I cry for sad things and happy things and anything that gives me overwhelming emotions of any kind makes me cry.

Black or White Covers

Hm well I don’t really have a preference for the color of books. I don’t organize my shelve using colors so I like a variety of them.

Character or Plot Driven

I prefer a great plot driven book because I feel like the book goes a lot faster. I want the characters to be well developed though so I feel like I want a good balance of these in the things that I read.

I’m tagging the following people:

Danni- _ForBooksSake
Roelin- Lovexreading
Ashleigh- Abookishchick
Trisha- TeatimewithTrisha
Luna- Luna’slittlelibrary

Asexual Week Book Recommendations

Happy Asexual Awareness Week!

Now that I’ve decided to write post with book recs depending on what is being celebrated at that time I decided I wanted to write a list for Asexual week. For more information about Asexual week and Asexuality you can click here and here.

In a brief summary of those pages

Asexuality is a sexual orientation where a person experiences little to no sexual attraction to anyone and/or does not experience desire for sexual contact. This includes the following orientations: Asexual, Gray-asexual and Demisexual.


Romantic attraction is seperate from sexual attraction, since it does not always involve a desire to engage in sexual activity with another person. Aromanticism exists on a spectrum which includes a range of identities with varying levels of romantic attraction, such as grayromantic and demiromantic.

I struggled with finding books to recommend to you all seeing as not many have Asexual representation or they don’t blankly state it. Now I haven’t read all of these so I can’t say if the representation is good or not but I wanted to be able to rec something rather than nothing.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld


Darcy Patel is afraid to believe all the hype. But it’s really happening – her teen novel is getting published. Instead of heading to college, she’s living in New York City, where she’s welcomed into the dazzling world of YA publishing. That means book tours, parties with her favorite authors, and finding a place to live that won’t leave her penniless. It means sleepless nights rewriting her first draft and struggling to find the perfect ending… all while dealing with the intoxicating, terrifying experience of falling in love – with another writer.

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, the thrilling story of Lizzie, who wills her way into the afterworld to survive a deadly terrorist attack. With survival comes the responsibility to guide the restless spirits that walk our world, including one ghost with whom she shares a surprising personal connection. But Lizzie’s not alone in her new calling – she has counsel from a fellow spirit guide, a very desirable one, who is torn between wanting Lizzie and warning her that…


In a brilliant high-wire act of weaving two epic narratives – and two unforgettable heroines – into one novel, Scott Westerfeld’s latest work is a triumph of storytelling.

Their Troublesome Crush by Xan West

In this queer polyamorous m/f romance novella, two metamours realize they have crushes on each other while planning their shared partner’s birthday party together.

Ernest, a Jewish autistic demiromantic queer fat trans man submissive, and Nora, a Jewish disabled queer fat femme cis woman switch, have to contend with an age gap, a desire not to mess up their lovely polyamorous dynamic as metamours, the fact that Ernest has never been attracted to a cis person before, and the reality that they are romantically attracted to each other, all while planning their dominant’s birthday party and trying to do a really good job.

Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson

When a guy named Martin Nathaniel Munroe II texts you, it should be obvious who you’re talking to. Except there’s two of them (it’s a long story), and Haley thinks she’s talking to the one she doesn’t hate.

A question about a class project rapidly evolves into an all-consuming conversation. Haley finds that Martin is actually willing to listen to her weird facts and unusual obsessions, and Martin feels like Haley is the first person to really see who he is. Haley and Martin might be too awkward to hang out in real life, but over text, they’re becoming addicted to each other.

There’s just one problem: Haley doesn’t know who Martin is. And Martin doesn’t know that Haley doesn’t know. But they better figure it out fast before their meet-cute becomes an epic meet-disaster . . .

Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller 

Emilie des Marais is more at home holding scalpels than embroidery needles and is desperate to escape her noble roots to serve her country as a physician. But society dictates a noble lady cannot perform such gruesome work.

Annette Boucher, overlooked and overworked by her family, wants more from life than her humble beginnings and is desperate to be trained in magic. So when a strange noble girl offers Annette the chance of a lifetime, she accepts.

Emilie and Annette swap lives—Annette attends finishing school as a noble lady to be trained in the ways of divination, while Emilie enrolls to be a physician’s assistant, using her natural magical talent to save lives.

But when their nation instigates a frivolous war, Emilie and Annette must work together to help the rebellion end a war that is based on lies.

Latinx Heritage Month Book recs

I kept dwelling and putting off this post because I wanted to do it justice. I wanted to make sure the selection I put was good enough but then I felt by putting it off I wasn’t doing it justice. I also kept debating about whether I should still post it since it was past the date for Latinx Heritage Month, but then I came across someone who said we can still read these books after that date. It was that message that helped me decide to post this, these recommendations are still valid even if they are being posted a few days late.

Another thing that made me post this was thinking that without putting it up I would be putting off putting up a part of me and recommending books that mean a lot to me as a Latinx person. They don’t have to be good enough for others but they were all great for me. These books helped me embrace my ethnicity when I was pulling away from it.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about.

With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out. But she still can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

Seventeen-year-old Marisol has always dreamed of being American, learning what Americans and the US are like from television and Mrs. Rosen, an elderly expat who had employed Marisol’s mother as a maid. When she pictured an American life for herself, she dreamed of a life like Aimee and Amber’s, the title characters of her favorite American TV show. She never pictured fleeing her home in El Salvador under threat of death and stealing across the US border as “an illegal”, but after her brother is murdered and her younger sister, Gabi’s, life is also placed in equal jeopardy, she has no choice, especially because she knows everything is her fault. If she had never fallen for the charms of a beautiful girl named Liliana, Pablo might still be alive, her mother wouldn’t be in hiding and she and Gabi wouldn’t have been caught crossing the border.

But they have been caught and their asylum request will most certainly be denied. With truly no options remaining, Marisol jumps at an unusual opportunity to stay in the United States. She’s asked to become a grief keeper, taking the grief of another into her own body to save a life. It’s a risky, experimental study, but if it means Marisol can keep her sister safe, she will risk anything. She just never imagined one of the risks would be falling in love, a love that may even be powerful enough to finally help her face her own crushing grief.

The Grief Keeper is a tender tale that explores the heartbreak and consequences of when both love and human beings are branded illegal.

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

July 24

My mother named me Gabriella, after my grandmother who, coincidentally, didn’t want to meet me when I was born because my mother was unmarried, and therefore living in sin. My mom has told me the story many, many, MANY, times of how, when she confessed to my grandmother that she was pregnant with me, her mother beat her. BEAT HER! She was twenty-five. That story is the basis of my sexual education and has reiterated why it’s important to wait until you’re married to give it up. So now, every time I go out with a guy, my mom says, “Ojos abiertos, piernas cerradas.” Eyes open, legs closed. That’s as far as the birds and the bees talk has gone. And I don’t mind it. I don’t necessarily agree with that whole wait until you’re married crap, though. I mean, this is America and the 21st century; not Mexico one hundred years ago. But, of course, I can’t tell my mom that because she will think I’m bad. Or worse: trying to be White.

Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

Swift as Desire by Laura Esquivel

The hero of this novelis Júbilo Chi, a telegraph operator who is born with the ability to “hear” people’s true feelings and respond to their most intimate, unspoken desires. His life changes forever the day he falls deeply and irrevocably in love with Lucha, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy family. She believes money is necessary to insure happiness, while for Júbilo, who is poor, love and desire are more important than possessions. But their passion for each other enables them to build a happy life together — until their idyll is shattered by a terrible event that drives them bitterly apart. Only years later, as Júbilo lies dying, is his daughter able to unravel the mystery behind her parents’ long estrangement and bring about a surprising reconciliation.

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.

One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.

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If you’ve read any of these let me know what your thoughts were. You can read my reviews on most of these on my blog or on GoodReads.

National Coming Out Day Book Recs

Happy National Coming Out Day to all of you whether you are already out, decided to come out today, or haven’t come out yet for whatever reason. Just as a reminder you are no less valid if you aren’t out and you owe no one an explanation for any of your identities.

I thought a lot about if I wanted to post today and what I planned on posting. I just didn’t feel the need to come out on the web because it wasn’t as if I was in the closet about my sexual orientation or gender identity. I also didn’t feel the need because I’m not sure if I have selected the terms to define both of those for myself just yet. I knew that I needed to say something though, if not for myself but to make others feel heard and less alone.

It was a long journey to get to the point I am now which is un-apologetically trans, non-binary, and some kind of gay. I didn’t get to this point on my own though, it was with the help of so many of my friends and I’d be lying if I said books had nothing to do with my journey. So many books this year have really helped me feel power in being myself and living authentically. I found beauty in being out at my workplace and finding a place in which I am embraced for who I am.

I thought I would share with you some of the books that made all the difference for me this past year. Many of these books were the first time I read about any character that resembled me at all and it was so nice to be able to process my identities through these books. It was nice to be able to come to terms with who I am because of reading who all these LGBTQ+ characters were, regardless of if they were the protagonist or not. These books show the importance of representation in media sources for people of all ages.

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

Seventeen-year-old Marisol has always dreamed of being American, learning what Americans and the US are like from television and Mrs. Rosen, an elderly expat who had employed Marisol’s mother as a maid. When she pictured an American life for herself, she dreamed of a life like Aimee and Amber’s, the title characters of her favorite American TV show. She never pictured fleeing her home in El Salvador under threat of death and stealing across the US border as “an illegal”, but after her brother is murdered and her younger sister, Gabi’s, life is also placed in equal jeopardy, she has no choice, especially because she knows everything is her fault. If she had never fallen for the charms of a beautiful girl named Liliana, Pablo might still be alive, her mother wouldn’t be in hiding and she and Gabi wouldn’t have been caught crossing the border.

But they have been caught and their asylum request will most certainly be denied. With truly no options remaining, Marisol jumps at an unusual opportunity to stay in the United States. She’s asked to become a grief keeper, taking the grief of another into her own body to save a life. It’s a risky, experimental study, but if it means Marisol can keep her sister safe, she will risk anything. She just never imagined one of the risks would be falling in love, a love that may even be powerful enough to finally help her face her own crushing grief.

The Grief Keeper is a tender tale that explores the heartbreak and consequences of when both love and human beings are branded illegal.

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.

But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

What If It‘s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

Freeing Finch by Ginny Rorby

When her father leaves and her mother passes away soon afterward, Finch can’t help feeling abandoned. Now she’s stuck living with her stepfather and his new wife. They’re mostly nice, but they don’t believe the one true thing Finch knows about herself: that she’s a girl, even though she was born in a boy’s body.

Thankfully, she has Maddy, a neighbor and animal rescuer who accepts her for who she is. Finch helps Maddy care for a menagerie of lost and lonely creatures, including a scared, stray dog who needs a family and home as much as she does. As she earns the dog’s trust, Finch realizes she must also learn to trust the people in her life–even if they are the last people she expected to love her and help her to be true to herself.

There are so many books out there and I’m so glad that more keep coming out. I’m even happier that a lot of the ones coming out more recently are for young adults and middle grade. It’s hard to list them all and I can’t wait to read them all. LGBTQ+ reads is one of those topics that even if it’s a minor character I will pick that book up and read it.

Let’s Meet the Blogger

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”

–Albert Einstein


I’ve been dwelling on this project for quite some time now but didn’t know how or where to start. I wanted to give you all an insight on the things that I read with also some sort of way to tie in my love for local libraries and the things that they provide. I want to provide you all with ways to access books for free or cheap, book reviews, and comparison of movies based on books.

Before we begin on the descent into my world of books and more, I wanted to give you a little bit about me. I’m a 26 year old from Los Angeles who is an aspiring student professional who has a love for young adult fiction, fantasy, and science fiction novels. I review books for the onlinebookclub and most recently reviewed The Immigrant’s Lament by Mois Benarroch. During the month of November I participate in National Novel Writing Month with Nanowrimo and have completed the challenge 4 times.

I’m currently reading The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and Horseman, Pass By by Larry McMurtry.

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