Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (non-spoiler review)

HEY! 

I’ve been reading this book since 2016. I wanted to finally read something by the well known Octavia E. Butler. I decided to do a family book club and only one of my sisters actually finished the book. lol

I was starting my college career at Purchase College and decided not to read this book. I am not used to reading adult sci-fi. I feel like adult sci-fi takes a much longer time to get to the main focus of the novel. It’s filled with detail but YA sci-fi gets right into the action which makes it far more exciting in my opinion.

I had to finish this book in order to write my senior project. Once again, it’s taken me months to read it.

When I finally did, I obviously loved it. It could possibly be because of my senior project work but I started reading it and connecting the story to things that happen in real life. I know I can really use this book to help my project which is exciting.

Anyways, let’s begin the review. 

Didn’t like:
I feel like we spent a big chunk of time learning about the MC, Lauren’s, day to day life. I found that to be pretty boring.

Non-spoiler but the MC has this ability that seemed pretty useless in the first book, I hope the next book gives use to this power.

I didn’t like who the MC’s ended up with.

Liked:

I did really like the dystopian world. I feel like Butler created a truly realistic world and a very awesome and intelligent MC.

I love that the main character was black and hella smart. She was smarter than everyone around her and was so creative.

I feel like it was really well written, I got super emotional at some points but I was so wrapped up into it, I couldn’t put it down.

I’m interested in seeing if anyone will die in the next book. The world they live in means death at any turn and I’m so curious to see who will be next. (morbid, I know)

I give the book 4/5 stars. An additional star because the writer and MC were black.

Anyway, thanks so much for reading!

Have you read this book? What did you enjoy?

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NEW MOOD ALERT!

Hey, cuties!!

The way these past few months went, I’ve finally decided that I want to change so much!! I’ve been wanting so much for myself but I haven’t been moving in alignment with my desires and that’s what I really need to be doing.

I want to be healthy and lose weight. I’ve been gaining weight like crazy for the past few months and it wouldn’t be that much of a big deal if I didn’t notice how unhealthy and disgusting I’ve been feeling. I want to actually exercise instead of saying that I will and not doing it. I can work out every day but I don’t. I promise myself that I will now.

I’ve been wanting to fall in love but trying to rush the process with the wrong people. Shit, I’ve even been humoring and dating the wrong people just because I’ve been craving that experience.

I’ve been letting my impulsive behavior get the best of me. I’ve been drinking and eating like there is no tomorrow. I’ve been shoving all this gross shit down my thoughts and making myself feel like trash. I’m over it! I deserve better! I deserve to treat myself better. I want to get focused and begin to HUSTLE!

Doing what I want for my future and start planning for my desires. I WANT TO START WORKING! But I do have an impulsive nature and I’ll need to meditate to keep myself centered. I forget how much I love rushing things. My new aim is to work for what I want and to also be mindful and patient with what comes my way. I am the queen of multitasking and sometimes I don’t finish things off right.

I want to be similar to Alfie Deyes, who used to barely post or be on his game and now look at him, killing the game. Getting shit done. I’ve always loved watching his videos because they inspire me. I feel weird about a white man inspiring me but… I do admire his hustle, even though it won’t come as easily to me as it does to him.

ANYWAYS! Let’s end this off with a recommendation

Stop eating dairy! I’m sitting in this Starbucks with nasty smelling farts because I decided to eat ice cream and cake (with dairy in it) for the past few days. My stomach feels like garbage and my stomach is so bloated, I look pregnant.

Let’s start again!

Howdy kiddos, let’s get this thing going!!

Now, that I’ve finished my weird opening, let’s just chat.

I spent that last three months stressing in college, learning about myself and crashing and growing.

Through all that, I realized that I wasn’t doing all that I wanted to. I stumbled upon the bookish community and remembered that I’ve been promising myself to join this community for years but I never did because I felt like what I needed to say was just stupid.

I realized how crazy that sounds, so I decided that I will finally start book blogging. I plan on creating a schedule where I post at least once a week. I am hoping for two blog posts and to post videos more often.

I’m really excited to bring back my blogging lifestyle! It’s going to be super amazing! I don’t even plan on waiting for the new year! I am planning on just jumping into things!

LOOK OUT! I think I will definitely be posting on every Friday and possibly on Wednesdays becasue I love going to Starbucks and writing in the nearby Starbucks!

TIME TO BRING BACK RECCOMENDATIONS!!

Get Scribd!!! It’s amazing! The first month was free and it is amazing as shit!!! I HAVE SO MANY FREE BOOKS!!

That’s it. Enjoy it!!

Most Anticipated Books (Fall-Winter ’18)

Howdy!

I am back on my bookish flow. Excuse my lingo because I am watching Gilmore Girls and I’ve taken to speaking like them… yea, it’s frustrating me too.

Anyways, I am super excited about some of the awesome books coming out this Fall-Winter. I desperately wanted to get some ARCs at BookCon but I wasn’t so lucky.

but without further ado…

First, Kingdom of Ash I LOVE SARAH J. MASS! I can’t wait to finish the Throne of Glass series but I’m also dreading it. I’ve been so in love with this series. It’s bittersweet to see it go. It comes out October 23rd and it’s already preordered!

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7)

Vengeful by V.E Schwab, she is becoming one a new favorite author. I love her social media presence and her writing. I finished the Shades of Magic Trilogy and soon I will read Vicious and Monsters of Verity books. I cannot wait to finish reading all that she’s written because I think she is awesome. I love finding awesome new authors. I found her at BookCon during my hunt finding Tomi Adeyemi… MY QUEEN!

Vengeful (Villains, #2)

Wildcard by Marie Lu, I wanted to get this ARC so badly at BookCon and I didn’t get one!  Marie Lu was one of my first faves authors and I love her and her writing. I read the audiobooks for Warcross and it made me so happy during my semester!

Wildcard (Warcross #2)

Cruel Prince by Holly Black, I don’t know much about the book but I’m interested in reading more books by Holly Black. The book sounds so interesting.

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson. Once again, I haven’t been fangirling about the book but the author interests me and I’d like to read more!

Dance of Thieves (Dance of Thieves, #1)

Peace out! More bookish posts are coming soon!

PRIDE BOOKS!🏳️‍🌈

Howdy!

As a fellow LGBTQ+ person I’d like to say, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH!

I am so excited to go to the parade this year and finally go to a gay bar!

I don’t talk about my sexuality much, very few actually know that I’m bisexual but, I am! Just wanted to get that off my chest.

NOW! LGBTQ+ books that I’ve read and want to read!

Read:

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson,
yea, I fucking sobbed reading this book. SO GOOD!
I'll Give You the Sun

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
I read this a few years ago and I really related to it! it’s about the author’s childhood. Growing up with an alcoholic and abusive father and everyone telling her who to be.

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Pretty much all of Cassandra Clare’s novels have a character in the LGBTQ+ community. I love Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. The fae are like all gay, I love Mark Blackthorn and all of his romances. Hellen Blackthorn is super gay and I love it!

Lord of Shadows

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

 

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

My heavenly goodness! This freaking book!!! GEEZ LOUISE! I can’t wait for book two!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)

The Freaking Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

GAVE ME FUCKING LIFE, MAN! I love my baby Ronan

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

Want to Read:

Furyborn by Clair Legrand

I got the book from work. Back when I worked at Barnes and noble, we got ARCs all the time and I picked it up. I am excited to read this babe!

Furyborn (Empirium, #1)

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Won it at BookCon, the OwlCrate booth! Holla, homies!

The Upside of Unrequited

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

I keep seeing press for the second book, Bruja Born and I want to be in on the hype.

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)

Runaways, Vol. 1: Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell

First of all, I love Rainbow Rowell. Second of all, have you freaking seen Runaways on Hulu? It’s so good! I love Marvel TV shows.

Runaways, Vol. 1: Find Your Way Home

Tell me if I missed anything! Comment below with some recommendations. I’m trying to catch up on my gay lit. Nah, mean? I love gay characters. Can everyone stop being so hetero? Every book I read, some girl is fawning over some dude or vice versa. Give me some girls loving girls.

I’m gonna drop a few of my fave shows with some awesome leads. Brooklyn 99, The Bold Type (and I will fight anyone because The Bold Type is such a big inspiration for me).I just finished One Day at a Time and golly gee that shows is awesome. They touch on so many awesome topics, being gay, being an immigrant in America, having mental health issues. It’s amazing!

I hope you all enjoy this month of rainbows and fun. Life your best lives. Stay positive!

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My First BookCon

Hello all,

I am writing from bed. I’ve been flu level sick for the past two days. It’s been so shitty but I am feeling well enough to sit upright and write.

Anyways, this Saturday I went to my very first BookCon and it was freaking awesome! I’ve never gone to any book related conventions so this year, I decided to treat myself.

I went alone because I don’t have any friends who are avid readers and would have enjoyed going to the convention or even paying for the ticket. I wouldn’t have enjoyed going with someone who didn’t have the same passion for books as I do.

Somehow I wasn’t nervous at all about going, I did so much research before I went because I wanted to find out what I should expect and what ARCs (Advanced Readers Copies) would drop. I love that the bookish community shared their experiences on how to navigate the convention. It was very helpful. It was comforting knowing what to expect.

I woke up super early and brought snacks, which was recommended. The convention is so busy. I didn’t expect to stand in lines for most of the time I was there. I was expecting to get a bunch of ARCs for books that I enjoy reading because I saw people who went to BookExpo had some great ones. All the books I received, I haven’t heard of at least I have the chance to get to know some new authors.

Speaking of authors, Tomi Adeyemi who wrote Children of Blood and Bone signed my book! And she almost stole my pen. Lol. I am a complete fangirl for her and it’s insane that she is only two years older than me and is signed for a movie deal and is already writing her trilogy.

At BookCon, I met a few bookstagrammers and book bloggers which have given me the inspiration to create more. I love the community of book lovers and I want to join. Bookish events would be so much better if I came with friends who were just as passionate as I am.

For my very first time at BookCon, I don’t have much advice to give. Just to go, don’t be afraid to go alone. I didn’t go last year because I didn’t have anyone to go with but I’m happy I didn’t let it stop me this year. There are people who also go alone so just be open to meeting new people.

Well, here is a list of all that I got from BookCon:
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Under My Skin by Lisa Unger
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Born Criminal by Angelica Shirley Carpenter
Love Me, Love Me Not by SM Koz
Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk
Maiden Voyage by Sarah Jane
Lone Wolf Lawman by Delores Fossen
Devil in Tartan by Julia London

I might do a giveaway because I have so many books that I would like to giveaway. I loved BookCon. I want to go to more bookish/writing events in the future!

Thanks for reading!

May Wrap-Up

Hello, homies

I read far fewer books than I initially anticipated. I didn’t think I’d need so much time to rest after the semester ended. I kind of thought I’d be able to jump back into the swing of things but as you know, I chilled out a lot.

I’ve been rereading the Mortal Instruments series, I finished City of Glass and now I’m onto City of Fallen Angels. I really do enjoy this series. Now that I’m rereading it. I noticed that it’s kind of like its own fanfiction. Like Cassandra Clare loved her characters so much she gives them certain victories. Shipping her own characters. It’s biblical fanfiction turned into loving its own fanfiction. I love this shit.

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)

I finished reading Children of Blood and Bone. It gets 6/5 stars. It’s so good. I have the audiobook and I want to reread it before I write up my very first book review on this site. I freaking love Tomi Adeyemi. It sucks that I can’t see her at BookCon this weekend but I am still excited to go. I have a BookCon ticket for this Saturday. I can’t wait.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

I finished The Celestine Prophecy, I gave it 3/5 stars because though the information given was perfect and well needed. I feel like there was a lot of rambling and unnecessary information. I found it hard to read at certain points. I love that the intention of the book is to be handed from person to person and that it is about life giving you what you need in certain moments. Some things just felt forced.

The Celestine Prophecy (Celestine Prophecy, #1)

I think it’s funny how little I read. I honestly thought that I read a lot but looking at this list… It makes sense though. No complaints. I know I’ll read more next month when I’m back on my feet.

A June TBR will be up soon!