We Be Unhaulin

Hello friends,

I have decided to tear my bedroom apart and in the process I decided to get rid of “some” books. I’m unhauling 92 books. This is a bittersweet moment. I thought it would be fun to share what’s being donated. I’m sorry for getting rid of some of these! I know some of them are super popular. I just couldn’t love them like other people. 😦

As you’ll see, I am donating all of my Lauren Oliver books. I’ve tried to get into her stories because they’re so popular but her writing style just isn’t for me.

I enjoyed the first 3 books of City of Bone but then I DNFd it after that. I also didn’t really like The Hunger Games and I could never finish Mockingjay. I’m actually donating The Hunger Games movie too. “/

It was a hard decision to get rid of Across the Universe. I absolutely love the old covers but I just cannot get into them. But they also don’t make those covers anymore so maybe I’ll have to keep them? AH I’M SO INDECISIVE.

Book Review | Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

“Teenage girls know more than we’re given credit for. We sense danger even when everyone’s telling us it’s fine, he’s a perfectly nice man, an upstanding member of our community, have you tasted his sugar-cream pie?”

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

Goodreads // Amazon // Book Depository
Trigger Warnings: rape, homicide, self-harm

A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers curated by Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’s April Genevieve Tucholke.

Each story draws from a classic tale or two—sometimes of the horror genre, sometimes not—to inspire something new and fresh and terrifying. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror to supernatural creatures to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for any reader looking for a thrill.


Even though I’m done with ratings, I’m still rating each story because it looks sloppy adding all my pictures XD

#1 The Birds of Azalea Street – Nova Ren Suma \\ I really enjoyed this one. It was kind of creepy. It wasn’t scary but it was just… yikes. I’m sure it would make some people very uncomfortable. Just know, birds get revenge. 4/4

#2 In the Forest Dark and Deep – Carrie Ryan \\ I was really enjoying this one until the ending. The ending was kind of disappointing. I don’t really understand what happened. I’m sure I’m just dumb, LOL. But this was super scary. I’m a baby when it comes to scary things though. Who knew a rabbit could be deadly. 4/5

#3 Emmeline – Cat Winters: meh. What the hell even happened? The writing was pretty but everything else seemed like it was lacking. Watch out who you have sex with. You never know who or what they are. 2/5

#4 Verse Chorus Verse – Leigh Bardugo: meh. I’m not… I’m not really sure what happened. I was expecting a lot from leigh bardugo but this story felt kind of flat. I don’t understand the ending. What out, there might be something in the room with you. 3/5

#5 Hide and Seek – Megan Shepherd: I liked it. This was intense. I liked the writing. I was a little shocked by the ending. Sometimes death cheats. Will death cheat you? 4/5

#6 The Dark, Scary Parts and All – Danielle Paige: holy shit this was super good. I need to read Dorothy must die. I really like the writing style. Beware of the devil. 5/5

#7 The Flicker, The Fingers, The Beat, The Sigh – April Genevieve Tucholke: This was really dumb. What even. It’s not even creepy. It was just annoying. Be careful about who your friends are. 3/5

#8 Fat Girl With a Knife – Jonathan Maberry: I hated this. i really didn’t like the writing of this one. I didn’t like how the character was described and how certain features qualified her as unattractive over and over and over. I need to rant and rage about this short story. 1/5

#9 Sleepless – Jay Kristof: Loved. Wow, I was really not expecting this. This was freaking amazing. I didn’t think it was very spooky and then BAM everything took a fun turn. Be careful who you befriend. 4/5

#10 M – Stefan Bachmann: Liked. I was not expecting the ending. It was sort of creepy but not really? I don’t know how to explain it. Overall, I really enjoyed the writing style. I feel like it could have been done a bit differently in some parts. Make sure you watch your back, you never know who might try to kill you. 4/5

#11 The Girl Without a Face – Marie Lu: enjoyed. It was super creepy. I don’t appreciate what this was about. There was some rape involved from being too drunk. The ending was kind of confusing but overall I appreciated the story. 4/5

#12 A Girl Who Dreamed of Snow – McCormick Templeman: meh. I don’t understand this story. The writing was okay. The characters were flat compared to the other stories. I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. Watch out for the girl who dreams of snow. 3/5

#13 Stitches -A.G. Howard: liked. This wasn’t scary but it was gory. It is not for those with a weak stomach. I kind of liked the ending. I love A.Gs writing style. 4/5

#14 On the I-5 – Kendare Blake: enjoyed. This was different. I kind of enjoyed it after I finally got into it. EmmaRae was a fun character. Watch out for monsters. 4/5

Final Verdict:

Who Wore It Better? || Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Hello all of you lovely souls!

I love seeing book covers from other countries! I thought it would be fun to do a little “who wore it better” in terms of book covers. This is just based off my OWN personal preference. Every cover is unique in its own way. I will compare USA covers to another country of my choice. I hope you enjoy!


Today I will be comparing the USA edition of Uprooted to the UK edition! I love both of these covers for different reasons. Let’s dive into it. .

USA Cover:

  • I really love how the tree in the bottom right corner merges into the swirly design.
  • I love how the “U” in Uprooted looks like a fancy letter from an old time book.
  • The castle kind of reminds me of an open book and I think it kind of “takes” the reader into the story.
  • It looks like of old timey.

UK Cover:

  • I absolutely love the colors used on this cover!
  • I love how the cover looks drawn.
  • I love how the authors name and the book title are separated.
  • The cover seems to focus on the village, tower, and woods surrounding it which is a dominate part of the story.

Who wore it better?

Oh man, this was hard! I really enjoy both of the covers. I personally like I like the UK version better. I really like the muted colors. There is something about it that feels kind of relaxing. I’m not sure if that makes any sense XD I also really like how the cover looks drawn!

Who do you think wore it better? Let’s discuss 😀

Top Ten Tuesday | All About Them Covers

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here.

This weeks topic is: “Cover Freebie”


It’s all about them covers, bout them covers, bout them covers.

Hello friends! I am back with another Top Ten Tuesday! This week is cover freebie! We get to discuss any topic we want that is based on covers! I feel like covers themselves get a lot of love so I’m going to discuss my favorite typography on covers! I feel like typography can really make or break a cover. There are so many great covers with beautiful typography 😀

Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow || I love how imperfect it is. The words are striked out and look like they’ve been erased and rewritten. It speaks volumes about the story.

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman || I just love how the glasses make the O’s in “book” hehe.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell || I really like how Landline looks like a landline phone 😀

Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern || A text message title? This looks dope as heck!

The Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes || I really enjoy how this one looks sharp like knives. The “k” and “s” are all pointy. Let the battle begin.

The Poppy War by R.F Kuang || The smokeyness look so fancy. I also like the mix of black and red smoke and text!@

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi || I love how the title is doubled and in cursive writing. I love me some cursive.

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune, The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters, Queen of Geeks by Jen Wilde || I loveeeeeee how these titles are entwined with the cover. They look super neat.


Are there any covers with typography that you love? Let me know down below 😀

Books With My Favorite Pets

Hello Friends! I’m not sure about you but I adore great pets in books. I think they make such great companions. I decided to compile a list of books with some of my favorite pets! Without futher ado, here we go 😀


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Harry Potter \\
ALL of them. Fang, Hedwig, Crookshanks, Buckbeak. I love them all. They’re all such lovely little creatures

Children of Blood and Bone \\
Nailah has some killer horns. She’s also kind of part lion or something? She’s pretty freaking dope. I love how they can just hop on her and ride away into the darkness. XD

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I Am Number Four \\
Bernie Kosar. Bernie is probably my #1 favorite fictional book. He is absolutely adorable is so helpful and precious and UGH.

Tigers Curse \\
Ren and Kishan. Okay so, Ren and Kishan aren’t actually pets. They’re brothers whom got cursed into tigers and their tigerness is just gorgeous. I love them in tiger form

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A Man Called Ove \\
Cat Annoyance also know as the neighborhood cat. This kitty makes me so happy. Ove is such a grumpy old man but this at still seems to rub off on him. I think Cat Annoyance has a good thing of symbolism too. 🙂

Fire & Flood \\
KD-8 also known as Maddox. Everyone in the story seems to think Maddox is this innocent and weak little creature but they’re actually kind of a badass.

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Eragon \\
Saphira is just plain sassy. I absolutely adore her. Also the CGI baby version of her in the movie was SOOOO CUTEEEEEEEE. I can’t even


Do you guys have any favorite pets from books? Let me know down below 😀

Blog Posts I Loved This Week: 9/6-9/12

Hello all you beautiful and wonderful people!

I thought I would come at you with an appreciation post! I see a lot of bloggers posting about blog posts they enjoyed. I always find a ton of new bloggers to follow. I wanted to hop on that train because I feel like there are so many amazing posts out and I wanted to share. These are some, but not limited to, the great posts I loved this week!


Amena @ Nerd in New York discusses why romance in YA is harmful! // this was such a great read! I agreed with every point Amena discussed 🙂

Katie @ Never Not Reading has a discussion on what makes readers anticipate a new release! // I started to consider what makes me anticipate a new release.

Chana @ Paper Procrastinators calls out people who keep recommending books by their white favorites // This was such a great discussion. I started to become more aware of the kind of books I was recommending.

Cielo @ BelleRose Reads talks about some upcoming releases to get you in the fall mood // I am so excited to read some books to get me into the fall mood! I want to read all the spooky things! 😀

Rhi @ Marshmellow Harmonies matches books to songs from Lorde’s album Pure Heroine // I havent really listened to Lorde but I thought this was a super fun blog post!

Bethany @ Portable Magic has great tips in getting started with Netgalley // I wish this post would have been around when I first started blogging. It’s very informative!

Sofii @ A Book A Thought talks about what she dislikes in a book // This was such a fun topic to explore!


This week on my blog I just did a Lets Talk Bookish where I discuss how I encourage people to read. I also did my first ever WWW Wednesday in which I talk about what I’m reading, what I read, and what I plan on reading 😀


I hope you guys enjoyed this more relaxed blog post today. I hope you found some great new people to follow. They all deserve so much love. ❤ Talk to you soon. Read on!

Encouraging People To Read | Lets Talk Bookish

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Hello!

Let’s talk bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

This weeks topic is: How To Encourage People To Read


I personally don’t encourage people to read. I know everyone has different interest and hobbies. I feel like I talk about books a lot and that makes people want to read but not always. I think the only time I encourage someone to read is when they ask me for recommendations. I always give them a huge list with all kinds of different genres so they have something to choose from. I recommend books I didn’t like too because they might like it better than me.

I think being forced to read in school turned off some people when it comes to reading. I know I personally hating reading because of it. It’s hard to encourage something when someone despises it.

I don’t really have anyone in my life to encourage to read so I focus on the online book community. I can help encourage the book community to read when they express they’re in a reading slump. I feel like sometimes I can recommend a book to read to help a fellow reader get out of the book slump. This isn’t easy though. I know from being in a reading slump myself.

If I had children I think I would encourage them to read because I think it’s a great way to gain vocabulary.


What do you think? Do you like the encourage people to read? What are your thoughts? 🙂

WWW Wednesday 9/9/20

Hello friends! I’m here with a WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and brought back by Taking on a World of Words.


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

Uprooted

Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I’m reading this book incredibly slow but I’m still enjoying what I’m reading. I’m still not 100% sure what the story is about yet but I think I have a general idea. I’m reading my physical copy as well as a library book so it’s easier to take with me (I can read on my phone or on my computer at work). I also borrowed the audiobook from the library so I can listen to some of it before bed. I’m not a huge fan of the narrator though.

You Should See Me in a Crown

What did you finish reading?

You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson. This book was everything. It makes me so happy. I picked it to on a whim and I’m so glad I did! You can read my review here if you would like 😊

What do you think you’ll read next?

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Honestly, I’m not sure. I’m kind of in the mood for some dark spooky books. But I also don’t want to burn myself out from reading those before October 🤣 I might try and reread Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. I started it a few years ago and enjoyed what I read. I just feel into a stupid reading slump and never finished it.


Do you guys have any spooky book recommendations? What are your 3 Ws? Let me know down below ❤

Is 3 Stars A Good Rating? || Lets Talk Bookish

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Hello!

Let’s talk bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books  & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

This weeks topic is: Is 3 Stars A Good Rating?


I really like this weeks topic. 3 stars are different for every person. When I rate a book 3 stars I image myself giving the book a C or a 70%. It’s not terrible, it’s just kind of mediocre. The book was good but it didn’t blow me away. I want to read books that amaze me, make me think, slap me across the face and be like “HERE I AM”.

I have a hard time picking up books when I see that a majority of the reviews on goodreads are 3 stars. I think it’s because I don’t want to read something everyone else seems to think is meh. I want a book that isn’t like anything I’ve ever read.

I don’t think 3 star ratings are bad. I personally think it’s saying the book is okay but it could have been better. I will still recommend 3 star books because everyone has different tastes. A 3 star book for me might be a 5 star book for you.

A lot of times when I rate a book a 3 star it’s because it’s not a book I’m going to remember. I’ll probably forget the characters names or what happened in the story. I ended up stopping the rating scale on my blog because it’s hard for me to rate them but I still end up rating them on goodreads. XD

Overall, I don’t think 3 star ratings are bad. I think they’re a pretty average rating for most bloggers. I tend to rate most of the books I read either a 3 or 4 star on goodreads! What about you? Do you think they’re good? Do you think they’re bad? Let me know down below!

Book Review | You Should See Me In A Crown

“When you already feel like everything about you makes you stand out, it just makes more sense to find as many ways to blend in as you can.”

You Should See Me in a CrownGoodreads || Amazon || Book Depository 
Trigger Warnings: Hate crime, past death, homophobia, anxiety

Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.

The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true? 


  • I can’t say personally if this is a book with good rep but from what I’ve heard it is amazing!
  • Liz Lightly is such a fun character. I would honestly love to be her BFF.
  • Liz and Jordans relationship was to die for. This is all I want in a platonic relationship. Jordan is such a fantastic friend. He made me smile every time he popped up in the story. What a fantastic guy.
  • Mack? Mack was amazing. I’m usually not a huge fan of reading f/f because I don’t connect with the characters as much but boy did I ship Mack and Liz. They were freaking perfect for each other. UGH. They made my heart melt. Mack was just so precious.
  • The story itself was fantastic. It was cute, fluffy, but also a book that said eff you, I’m going to be just who I am because I’m effing amazing. Just not in those words. It was a very empowering story.
  • The writing was also great. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator, A+.
  • Liz had a friend named Gabi. I don’t like Gabi. She’s a jerk but she also doesn’t realize it. She doesn’t seem to apologize for any of the hurtful things she’s said and Liz never seems to expect her too. It’s kind of sad. I don’t want a friend treating me like that.
  • I was not a fan of how fast the conflict seemed to resolve itself. For me, I thought the whole conflict was unacceptable and I wouldn’t have forgiven as easily as Liz.
  • There wasn’t more of Robby. Robby was a fantastic character too ❤ I’m sad we didn’t get to know him better.

Overall, I’m so so glad I picked up this on audiobook. It was so light and fun but also had a lot of deeper topics too. I might have to buy the hardcopy. It was sooo, soooooo good. Have you read it? Let me know down below!

Final Verdict:
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