Fall Reading and Life Update

It’s been a month and a half since my last post. I haven’t been very good at this whole blogging thing lately, or even in 2018. I’ve got plenty of posts planned, but actually writing them? That’s become harder than it usually is.

I’m hoping to get to all of my ideas eventually, but since it’s been a hot minute, I thought it would be fun to have a casual chat – books, life, all the fun and scary things.

To start, let’s talk about some of the books I’ve read lately, in no particular order.

First, I want to talk about my new all-time favorite, The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding. It’s a sapphic YA rom-com that follows a fat fashion blogger and a Mexican photographer as they navigate their internship and budding romance. If you’re looking for a lighthearted, diverse novel, or even if you’re not, you should definitely check this one out! 5 stars (CW: fatmisia, bi/pan erasure) ❤

I’ve read two books for school: Macbeth by Shakespeare and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. I didn’t enjoy either of them, but I can say that Macbeth was the least terrible of the three Shakespeare plays I’ve read thus far. I even read six parts (I think) in class. As for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest…I hated this book. It’s the worst book I’ve read for school, maybe even in my entire life – while I strongly disliked 1984 and Beowulf because I found them boring, OFOTCN was boring, gross, and inappropriate. I have no idea what we were meant to get out of it. 2 stars for the play and 1 star for the novel. (CW: [Macbeth] blood, gore, death, murder, mention of suicide; [OFOTCN] racism, sexual harassment and assault, death, murder, suicide, blood, electroshock therapy, schizophrenia, lobotomy, mention of statutory rape)

Additionally, I read one book that, although people have very mixed opinions on the series, was highly anticipated among the book community: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas. Even with school, I read this in four days, and stayed up past midnight on a school night because I had to finish it. Not bad, if I do say so myself…but don’t try this at home. I was so tired. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ There were some things I didn’t like, but I can definitely say it was better than the previous couple of installments and a solid conclusion to the series. 4 stars (CW: torture, blood, gore, violence, death, war)

Let’s see…oh! I read two wonderful, emotional series finales: The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead, from The Glittering Court trilogy, and Firestarter by Tara Sim, from the Timekeeper trilogy – the latter is out January 15, 2019. Both feature dynamic characters, epic plot twists, and the most swoon-worthy romances. The main couple in Timekeeper consists of two cinnamon roll queer boys, and both series are criminally underrated. 5 stars to both books. (CW: [F] death, grief, depression, torture)

There are actually three more books I want to mention, but this is getting rather long so I’m going to make them one brief paragraph. As brief as I’m capable of, anyway.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert was probably the most disappointing book I’ve read of late that wasn’t for an English class. I tried both a physical copy and an audiobook, but I was bored with the story and frustrated with the protagonist and dnfed it halfway through – therefore, no rating. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi was a sequel I wasn’t sure I’d like after a few years away from the series, but I did. I liked the emotional development of existing characters and the new ones introduced. I was consistently surprised, and thoroughly amused by the drunk Juliette scene – 4 stars. Finally, a book I read a few weeks ago and one of the only adult fantasies I’ve read this year: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty. You might’ve seen this one around the book community; I know I have. I was worried it wouldn’t live up to the extreme hype, but wow, did it. I loved the intricacies of the world and the characters and I can’t wait for the sequel’s release in January. Ultimately, I gave it 4.5 stars. (CW: [RM] panic attacks, transmisia, gun violence; [TCOB] death, blood, violence, assault, mention of rape)

Here’s a photo from my Instagram, the first of a new theme…feel free to follow @unicornbiblio! End of shameless promo, haha.

Now, not a lot has happened in my life, to be honest, but there are still a handful of things worth talking about.

I’m getting closer to the end of my final semester of school, and I’m really feeling it. If you’ve heard of the slang term “senioritis”, one I’m not sure is used outside of the US, I’m definitely experiencing it. For my international friends, senioritis is basically losing all motivation as the end of school draws nearer. Anyone else feeling this way?

This one is really big, at least for me: I started my first job! I won’t say where for privacy reasons, but I’m a seasonal cashier at a very versatile store that I love shopping at. At the time of writing this, I’ve only worked one shift with another approaching tomorrow morning, but I have a feeling I’ll get busier as the holidays approach. I’ve got a full eight-hour shift on Black Friday, which will be great for my paycheck but maybe not so much for my sanity. We’ll see how that goes. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The last thing is minor in comparison, but baking-related and something I’m proud of. About a week and a half ago we celebrated my mom’s birthday, and although I couldn’t afford much in terms of presents, I wanted to make her something tasty and sweet from scratch. The result was apple cinnamon cupcakes with cinnamon buttercream, piped with a dyed orange Star Wars resistance symbol. One in particular looked especially pretty. I’ve never seen or read anything Star Wars, but my mom is a huge fan and she loved the cupcakes. To me, that’s the most important thing.

It’s a surprisingly simple process all around. I’ve been wanting to incorporate more baking posts but haven’t had much time to bake or been truly happy with the final product. Would you be interested in a lil tutorial for these cupcakes? 🙂

Tell me: how have you been? Have you read anything especially good (or bad) lately? Are you looking forward to the upcoming holidays? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a fabulous day/night! ❤

Until next time…

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