bookish playlists: the mortal instruments edition!

Hello readers! I’m so sorry that I’ve been away and not posting on this blog–it’s been a busy month. My partner has been offered a great job opportunity and most of this month has been used to help him prepare, and the other days I’ve been working and feeling lonely. I’ve also been dealing with medication switches and upping doses, so I’ve been a bit distracted!

But I’m back for now, and have another Bookish Playlists post for you! For this one, I decided to do a classic series–The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. When I was younger, I was told that this series was too “cliche” and “bad”, and that I shouldn’t read it, and I wished I’d have not listened to that, because I actually adore this series. I haven’t finished it (I still have the last two to read), but it’s become one of my favourites series of all time, and I have a huge playlist dedicated to it!

The Mortal Instruments Playlist:

  1. Godspeed – Anberlin
  2. Monster – Colours
  3. Butterflies – Zendaya
  4. Run Boy Run – Woodkid
  5. A Little Death – The Neighbourhood
  6. Unsteady – X Ambassadors
  7. Girls Your Age – Transviolet
  8. I’m So Sorry – Imagine Dragons
  9. Eyes For You – EZA
  10. Drive – Glades
  11. Unstoppable – The Score
  12. My Demons – Starset
  13. Ember – Katherine McNamara
  14. Hurricane – Fleurie
  15. New York City – The Chainsmokers

Here’s the link to the playlist on my Spotify, if you would like to listen!

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bookish playlists: acotar edition!

Hello friends! Welcome to the first edition of Bookish Playlists, a new weekly post that I have decided to create on my blog. Basically, I am going to choose a book or series that I love and curate a 15-track playlist of songs that I think suit the mood of the book, or ones that describe the series as a whole.

For this Monday’s playlist, I have decided to go with something super easy, and something that I have an even larger playlist on Spotify: The Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas. Though I ended up having mixed feelings about the last book in this trilogy, and am disappointed at the lack of diversity that Sarah puts in her book, I can’t deny the love I have for ACOMAF.

Anyways, enjoy this playlist! If you would like to make your own playlist based off of this post (it doesn’t have to be the same book/series!), feel free to tag me or let me know when you’ve posted it, so I can take a look at what you’ve chosen! I love seeing other people’s music tastes–it gives me an idea of their personality and lets me discover songs, too!

A Court of Thorns and Roses Playlist:

  1. Lost Wolves – The Citrus Clouds
  2. Under Stars – AURORA
  3. Tethered – Sleeping at Last
  4. Cry Wolf – Luna Shadows
  5. Midnight – Coldplay
  6. Unbroken – Birdy
  7. Fire Breather – Laurel
  8. Aporia – Crywolf
  9. Starlight – Jai Wolf
  10. Waking Up (Acoustic) – Pvris
  11. Human – Daughter
  12. Walk Through the Fire – Zayde Wolf feat. Ruelle
  13. Up In Flames – Ruelle
  14. Rabbit in the Headlights – LYRA
  15. Thoughts – Michael Schulte

Here’s the link to the playlist on my Spotify, if you would like to listen!

april 2018 wrap-up

In the month of April, I read a total of five books, which is a solid number that I’m super proud of. This brings my total number of books to a whopping 21 (now 22 since I finally finished ACOWAR), which is more than I read in the entirety of last year! Super proud of myself for my progress! Anyways, I’ll give a small rundown of what I read and my thoughts:

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Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst – 5/5 stars // Adorably cute, amazingly queer fantasy novel with amazing, enthralling worldbuilding and amazing imagery. 10/10 food descriptions, don’t read on an empty stomach!

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Honeybee by Trista Mateer – 4/5 stars // Collection of poetry about losing and getting over lovers. Very gay, A+. A little repetitive at times, though.

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The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton – 4/5 stars // Witchy and dark with delicious prose and unique supporting characters and an unreliable narrator (my fav kind). Accurate representation about self-harm that didn’t trigger me (for once).

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For Every One by Jason Reynolds – 5/5 stars // Cute little inspiring poetry book that would be perfect for a graduation gift! Very quick read.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – 5/5 stars // Amazing, emotional rollercoaster with amazing family relationships and diverse representation. Very tough read as it deals with many heavy topics, like racial violence and police brutality.

Overall, it was a good month for me! I’m hoping to finish more than four this month, but we’ll see! Alright, thanks for reading friends! Let me know what you read in April in the comments! I love seeing what everyone’s reading and how they enjoyed it.

-Jess xoxo

review: the price guide to the occult by leslye walton

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“Time might heal all wounds, but what about the scars those wounds left behind?”

  • The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton
  • Genre(s): Young adult, urban fantasy, paranormal
  • Format: eARC and audiobook
  • Length: 288 pages
  • My rating: 4/5 stars
  • Started reading: April 9th
  • Finished reading: April 27th

First of all, thank you to Netgalley and Candlewick Press for sending me an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

Second, I would like to place a trigger warning here for self harm, detailed talk of self-harm/self-inflicted wounds, and emotional abuse.

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review: honeybee by trista mateer

 

“Some people are born flight risks.
It is no shortcoming of yours that they cannot keep their feet on the ground.
It is not your fault that they cannot seem to stand in place.
They are not leaving you; they are just leaving.”

  • Honeybee by Trista Mateer
  • Genre(s): Poetry
  • Length: 160 pages
  • My rating: 4/5 stars
  • Format: eARC and physical (interchangeably)
  • Started reading: April 18th
  • Finished reading: April 19th

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march 2018 wrap-up

Another month done! This month, I read two books. It’s drastically less than previous months, but between job changes, medication changes, and various doctor’s appointments for different things (mental health and chronic illness, mostly), I’ve been a little preoccupied. I feel silly doing a wrap-up for such a small amount of books, but I really enjoyed the books I read, so it feels silly not to. Here’s what I read:

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Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson – 5/5 stars // Super fast-paced, lyrical dystopian about weaponized music. The characters are vibrant, multi-faceted, and diverse, the storyline and plot is engaging, and the writing is top-notch.

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Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade – 3/5 stars // Sci-fi novel about a world full of both humans and androids (called mocks) that go to war with each other, and where the androids win. There’s Sleeping Beauty elements and a diverse cast, but the storytelling fell short for me.

Again, not my best month, but there were a lot of contributing factors towards my less-than-ambitious reading pile. I hope you all had a good month of reading! I’ll be back soon with some more reviews.

-Jess xoxo