What I’m Reading for the Rest of May

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Folks, I have FINALLY graduated college! That being said, I finally have more time to read regularly and leisurely!

Here are the books I’m reading for the rest of May!

When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon

I started this YA contemporary about a month ago during the final weeks of Spring semester, and I nearly finished before finals hit, and I got busy. With only about 50 pages left, I expect I will finish this later tonight! It’s a pretty endearing story, and pretty impressive for a debut novel. I also think Menon offers insight into some aspects of Indian culture.

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen

Now that I’m done with school, I have made it my mission to read all of Jane Austen’s novels. I’ve read Pride and Prejudice multiple times and it is by far one of my all-time favorite books. So, I find it pretty crazy that it’s been, up until this month, the only Austen novel I had ever read! I just finished Northanger Abbey and loved it, and I expect I will love this one as well!

The Book Thief, by Markus Zuzak

Ok, I lied. I’m still finishing up an online YA Lit course, and this is the next book I will be reading for the lesson! I believe it is under the lesson on realistic fiction (but I could be wrong).

In the Time of the Butterflies, by Julía Alvarez

I started this book months ago for my Major American Authors class. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish the last portion of the book, so I plan on finishing this one by the end of the month (hopefully). I love Alvarez’s writing, and her stories are always so compelling. (Highly Recommend)

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! If you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought of them in the comments below!

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Update: How My TBR is Going

So I published my January TBR a little over a week ago, and I just wanted to give an update on my progress with the TBR I posted. When I first put together my TBR, school hadn’t started yet, so I was feeling really ambitious. However, I have read three (In Order to LiveGoodbye Tsugumi, and Shatter Me) of the six books I posted (which is actually pretty good for a reader who has just recovered from a massive reading slump!). I’m also going to be working through books I’ve since been assigned for school reading.

Aside from school slowing down my reading, my TBR has also been influenced by my chronic book-buying tendencies. I have made a couple trips to my local Goodwill bookstores as well as my library bookstore. It’s hard not to buy books when they’re only 50 cents to two dollars! Not only that, but I also splurged on a huge Bookoutlet order, that I only regret just a little bit (but not really, let’s get real). I’m so excited to show you guys the books that I’ve bought this month!

I’m currently working through Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng. It’s definitely a much slower paced read than Shatter Me, which is the last book I read, but I’m still really enjoying it. For school, I’m reading a collection of poems from Pulitzer Prize winning poet laureate, Tracy K. Smith called, Life on Mars, and I will soon be starting The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison.

I hope you guys have lovely week. Let me know what you guys have been reading this month and how you are progressing through your January TBRs!


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January TBR!

I’m back! I’m so inconsistent with this blog, but I’m making it one of my New Year’s resolutions to keep with it and stay consistent with my posts.

For my first post of the New Year, I thought it would be fitting to catch you guys up on what I’m hoping to read in the month of January. So, here is my January TBR! As usual, I will leave a Goodreads link for each book in case you’re interested in reading the synopsis!

In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

Goodreads link here

The Circle by Dave Eggers

Goodreads link here

Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto

Goodreads link here

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Goodreads link here

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Goodreads link here

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Goodreads link here


I hope you enjoyed my January TBR. If you’ve read any of these books, let me know your thoughts on them!!

What books are you guys reading this month?

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Oregon Book Haul!!

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Around this time last year, I got married. My new husband and I flew to Oregon for a small, fun honeymoon in Portland. Of course, I went to Powell’s City of Books. For our one-year anniversary, we decided to road trip with my mom and sister back to Portland.

Of course, I went to Powell’s City of Books.

It’s safe to say I purchased A LOT of books in the past five days. Most of these were purchased from Powell’s at two different branches: the Burnside Branch and the Beaverton Branch. A few were purchased at another favorite independent bookstore of mine: The Book Bin (located in Corvallis, OR).

My goal for this trip was to look for more contemporary books. I absolutely love fantasy, so my entire bookshelf mostly consists of fantasy. However, (most likely because it’s summer) I’ve been in the mood for contemporary lately, but I barely have any. So, my goal for this trip was to stock up on some good contemporary reads, both light and fluff as well as some on the heavier side.

Here are the books I purchased while in Oregon!!

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The Problem with Forever, by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The main thing that caught my attention with this book was its gorgeous cover. I loved the splash of cover, and it definitely trumps her heinous covers for her Lux series! I’ve already read this book, and I enjoyed it. It wasn’t amazing, but it keeps you entertained and makes it difficult to put down.

Here’s the Goodreads link for the synopsis.

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All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven

Definitely on the heavier side.

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Love Letters to the Dead, by Ava Dellaira

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The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson

Everyone is obsessed with this author, so I picked up her books.

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I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson

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The Distance Between Us, by Kasie West

I want to pick up more books by this author because I’ve heard she writes really cute and fluffy contemporary novels…. just what the doctor ordered!

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We All Looked Up, by Tommy Wallach

This book was really hyped when it came out, and I loved the cover, so I bought it. However, I’m now finding there are really mixed reviews on it. We’ll see how this goes!

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The Unexpected Everything, by Morgan Matson

Morgan Matson is the queen of summer YA contemporaries. Obviously I picked this up!

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When We Collided, by Emery Lord

Definitely a cover buy!

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The Song Rising, by Samantha Shannon

A fantasy book and the third book in Shannon’s The Bone Season series, which I’m obsessed with. I’ve been wanting this book for forever, and I was super stoked to find it on sale!

Goodreads link

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Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

Another fantasy book. I listened to this on audible, or at least I tried. I didn’t retain anything from the story, so I wanted to re-read it with a physical copy.

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

Acclaimed novel with not only hype, but literary awards. I wanted it bad.

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Lizard, by Banana Yoshimoto

I love Banana Yoshimoto.

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Asleep, by Banana Yoshimoto

I love Banana Yoshimoto.

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Goodbye, Tsugumi, by Banana Yoshimoto

I love Banana Yoshimoto.

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It Ends with Us, by Colleen Hoover

Ever since I read Hopeless, I’ve wanted to read everything by Hoover.

I just finished this book. Beautiful.

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Slammed, by Colleen Hoover

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I hope you enjoyed this not-so-little book haul. If you’ve read any of these books, let me know your thoughts on them!!

What books have you guys bought recently?

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https://sgilmore625.wordpress.com/

Newfound Love: Caitlin Moran

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Due to a book hangover, I found myself standing in front of my bookshelves, completely clueless on what to read next. I experienced the most intense Sarah J. Maas bender, reading a whopping 5 of her books in a matter of two or three weeks (if that). However, after that bender, I found myself wanting to read more adult novels since it’s been quite a while since I’d read one. So, I narrowed my intense focus to the shelves specifically dedicated to the adult novels I own. A green spine with script reminiscent of The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath jumped out at me.

My decision was made.

That was three days ago, and since then I have been blasting through How to Build a Girl, by Caitlin Moran with quiet enthusiasm, whilst binge-watching every interview of the author. Her writing is hilarious and witty and so completely entertaining, I haven’t been able to put her book down. I’m already planning on ordering her other non-fiction books: How to Be a Woman and Moranthology within the next couple of days.

If you haven’t read anything from her, I suggest going and picking up one of her books, especially How to Build a Girl. I guarantee you’ll be laughing and falling in love with the quirky teenage heroine, Johanna Morrigan.

Happy Reading!


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Reading Update: Sarah J. Maas Will be the Death of Me

My baby for the next few hours before work. SJM kills me with her stories. 😩💕
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I think I have come to the point where it’s safe to say that Sarah J. Maas is going to kill me. Her stories are so immersive, and I’ve been completely lazy and unproductive the past two weeks as I’ve been devouring Heir of Fire and now Queen of Shadows.

I CAN’T GET ENOUGH

And honestly…

Rowan.

That is all.

I’ve fallen completely in love with the Throne of Glass series. It took me a while to jump onto the wagon of this fandom, and I still wasn’t sure after the first book, but OMG I’m in love now.

Most have read this series, and most agree and understand how much I’ve been dying these past weeks. But if you haven’t read this series, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! GO TO THE BOOKSTORE RIGHT NOW.

I feel like I’m so completely wrapped up in this story that I don’t want anything to do with my reality at the moment (aside from my lovely husband, of course). I’m constantly thinking about the story and the characters, even when I’m not actively reading the book. I can’t recommend this series enough. SJM really knows how to weave an intricate and enthralling tale. She does it in the Throne of Glass series and one my all-time favorites, the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

READ THEM NOW!

Okay, I’m going to get back to reading now!


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Happy New Year! My January TBR

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Well, 2016 has finally come to a close. While many have their qualms with the events that unfolded in the past year, I have to say it was the best year of my life. I got engaged exactly a year ago (on New Year’s), I got married in August, my husband and I rescued a kitten to add to our little family of us and our cats, and I finally exceeded my 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge! I set my Reading Challenge at a humble 50 books because I knew school would make reading a true challenge, but I went beyond that by reading 61 books.

This year, I have raised my goal to 75 books, and I’m feeling pretty confident that I can fulfill that goal. I hope to raise my goal each year and keep surprising myself. That being said, I want to get a good head-start on my 2017 Reading Challenge, so here’s my January TBR:

  • Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J. Maas (currently reading)
  • City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare
  • Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes, by Diana Gabaldon

I’m keeping the TBR nice and short, so I don’t get too intimidated. And, of course, there is a likely chance I will stray far from this TBR, but they’re fun to make anyway aren’t they?

Comment below and let me know what your TBR is and what you’re currently reading. I hope you all had safe and happy holidays, and Happy New Year!


Don’t forget you can find me in other cyber spaces:

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/SamiG

ALSO: If you’re interested in a blog about feelings, relationships, family, love, life, and the human experience, feel free to check out my other blog:

https://sgilmore625.wordpress.com/