October 2020 Wrap-Up/TBR Update

I had high hopes for this month, but I ended up feeling so slumpy. Nothing sounded good and I had no motivation to actually read. On the other hand, I did catch up on some graphic novel series and ended up doing some rereads so I read more than it felt like I did.

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Also read/reading:

Books finished this month: 12
Books currently reading:
3

Overall TBR:

TBR at the beginning of the year = 296
TBR at the beginning of October = 319
Books added to TBR = 14
Books read/deleted from TBR = 8
Total on TBR now = 325

How did your reading go this month?

DREAM CAST: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Last May, Netflix optioned three Sarah Dessen books which was very exciting news in my opinion. The three books were This Lullaby, Along for the Ride, and Once and For All. I’m not sure where they are in the process of actually becoming movies, but the other night I couldn’t sleep and started creating a cast for my personal favorite Dessen book, The Truth About Forever.

Dream Cast

Auli’i Cravalho as Macy
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What I’ve Seen Her In: Moana, Rise, All Together Now

I think Auli’i is incredibly talented and I think this is a great opportunity to add some color to one of Dessen’s books.

Charlie Gillespie as Wes

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What I’ve Seen Him In: Julie and the Phantoms

Charlie doesn’t look exactly how I always pictured Wes, but after watching him in Julie and the Phantoms, I think he’d bring a really good energy to the character and I think he’d be great opposite Auli’i.

Jordan Fisher as Jason Talbot

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What I’ve Seen Him In: Teen Beach Movie, Grease Live!, To All the Boys, Work It

I love this as a bit of a role reversal for Jordan. He’s typically played these “good guy” characters and Jason is still kind of that…but also he’s not the good guy of this story.

Madeleine Arthur as Kristy

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What I’ve Seen Her In: To All the Boys

I thought Madeleine was AMAZING in both To All the Boys movies–honestly, she was the best and most natural in my opinion. I would love to see her in such a dynamic role as Kristy.

Britt Robertson as Monica

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What I’ve Seen Her In: Dan in Real Life, Tomorrowland

This was actually a really hard role for me to cast. Honestly, I think the best person for this role would be Aubrey Plaza, but she’s probably too old at this point. Despite that, I think Britt Robertson could be really good as well.

Trevor Larcom as Bert

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What I’ve Seen Him In: Fresh Off the Boat

Trevor is absolutely Bert. If you’ve seen him in any episode of Fresh Off the Boat, I think you’d agree. He’s overly serious while simultaneously hilarious. He and Charlie probably don’t look quite enough alike to be brothers…but I’m willing to make that sacrifice.

Minnie Driver as Delia

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What I’ve Seen Her In: Return to Me, Ella Enchanted, The Phantom of the Opera, Speechless

I think Minnie Driver is such a great actress and she would totally be able to bring to life Delia’s chaotic energy.

Christina Chang as Deborah Queen

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What I’ve Seen Her In: The Good Doctor

She seems like this really tough type of lady and I could perfectly picture her as Macy’s mom.

Timothy Olyphant as Macy’s Dad

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What I’ve Seen Him In: I Am Number Four, The Office, The Good Place

This was another tough casting decision. Macy’s mom was really easy for me, so I knew I wanted to find a white actor to be her dad. I felt like he needed to be a bit rough around the edges, but also someone fit as he’s a runner. But then he also needed to seem really kind and a good contrast to Deborah.

Shay Mitchell as Caroline

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What I’ve Seen Her In: Pretty Little Liars

I feel really confident with Shay as Caroline. As I reread the book, I could really picture her in this role. She’s emotional and compassionate, but also has a hidden layer of strength.

Nelson Franklin as Wally

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What I’ve Seen Him In: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Office, Abby’s

Wally isn’t actually in the book much and I think he could have a slightly bigger role in a movie. I think Nelson could portray the perfect combo of nerdy and sweet.

Madelaine Petsch and Bethany Antonia as the Library Girls

What I’ve Seen Them In: Riverdale and Get Even respectively

The two library girls are interchangeable to me, but I feel like both of these actresses would be great in portraying a stuck up smart girl.

What do you guys think of my cast list?

14 Best Book Deals for 9/29/20: Pretty Little Liars, Harry’s Trees, and more

Book Deals
As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Less than $2

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

Less than $3

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

On Bowie by Rob Sheffield

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter

Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen


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22 Best Book Deals for 9/17/20: Maisie Dobbs, Beach Read, A Darker Shade of Magic, and more

Book Deals
As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Less than $2

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Less than $3

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers


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27 Best Book Deals for 7/2/20: The Bromance Book Club, And Then There Were None, select Sarah Dessen books, and more

Book Deals
As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Less than $1

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason

Less than $2

You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope by Karamo Brown

The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles

Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Less than $3

Courting Darkness by Robin LeFevers

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Code Girls (Young Readers Edition) by Liza Mundy

Who is Mark Twain? by Mark Twain

Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler

There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

Ayesha At Last by Uzma Jalaluddin


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Summer TBR | Final Update

At the beginning of the summer, I posted a list of 9 books that I hoped to read. Then, I posted an update halfway through July. Now that summer is over, I just wanted to give a final update on how I did.

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley – This was read from before. I’m continuing with my audio binge and am currently on #8
eBook | Paperback

Legendary by Stephanie Garber – Still waiting on my shelf…
eBook | Hardcover | Paperback

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – I read this one as a buddy read last month and had some thoughts. Review coming soon!
eBook | Hardcover

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – I checked this one out from the library. It took me longer than I thought it would to get through and I didn’t love it.
eBook | Hardcover

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen – Read from before. Sarah Dessen is a queen and I really liked this one. Review
eBook | Hardcover

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – Read from before. I was a bit disappointed in this one. Review
eBook | Hardcover

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills – Read from before. I’ve read all of her books that are out now (I think?) and have enjoyed them all! Mini-review
eBook | Hardcover | Paperback

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – I’m hoping to get to this one within the next couple of months!
eBook | Hardcover | Paperback

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Still haven’t gotten to this one unfortunately, but the eBook is like…always available from the library, so hopefully soon!
eBook | Hardcover | Paperback (Preorder)

With my last update, I’d read 4/9 and at the end of the summer I’d gotten to 6/9. Which I don’t think is too bad! Especially considering two of the three books I didn’t get to are currently sitting on my shelf, I think I’ll finish this list before the end of the year.

Let me know in the comments what your favorite 2019 summer read was!

Summer TBR Update

At the end of May, I posted a list of 9 books that I wanted to read over the Summer. Now that we’re halfway-ish through said season, I wanted to post a quick little update as to how my Summer reading is going!

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley – Read! I’ve been bingeing the audio books on our morning walks and I’m currently on #5 now!
eBook | Paperback

Legendary by Stephanie Garber – Still waiting on my shelf…
eBook | Hardcover | Paperback

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – Also still just hanging out…
eBook | Hardcover

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He – Not yet, but I just put it on hold at my library!
eBook | Hardcover

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen – Read! Sarah Dessen is a queen and I really liked this one. Review
eBook | Hardcover

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo – Read! My review for this one is coming (but spoiler, I didn’t LOVE it).
eBook | Hardcover

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills – Read! I really, really liked this one and am excited to share my thoughts on it soon!
eBook | Hardcover | Paperback

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – Haven’t read it yet, but I do have the paperback on my shelf now.
eBook | Hardcover | Paperback

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – I currently have this checked out from the library and I hope I can get to it before it’s due!
eBook | Hardcover | Paperback (Preorder)

So far I’ve read 4/9 on my Summer TBR which isn’t bad! I hope that I can at least get to the three that are sitting on my shelf, staring at me right now…

How is your Summer reading going? Have you been getting to everything you’ve wanted to? What’s been your favorite Summer read so far?

Welcome to a California Summer | June Wrap-Up & TBR Update

You guys. Where we’re at in California is SO HOT. We’ve been told that if you can survive July and August then you’ll make it, but I’m all like JUNE HAS BEEN UPPER 90s/LOW 100s EVERY DAY SO HOW COULD JULY AND AUGUST BE WORSE. Guess we’ll see.

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Also read/reading:

Books finished this month: 4 (with 2 DNFs)
Books currently reading: 3

Man, I really need to get back on track with my ARCs.

Overall TBR:

TBR at the beginning of the year = 383
TBR at the beginning of June = 460
Books added to TBR = 18
Books read/deleted from TBR = 6
Total on TBR now = 472

How did your reading go this month?

I ate so much toast while reading this book | The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen

The Rest of the StoryEmma Saylor has never really spent time with her mom’s family (except for that one Summer when she was four, but she doesn’t really remember that). But when all other options fall through, Emma finds herself heading to Calvander’s–the motel on the lake that her mom’s family owns and operates. As she arrives and the Summer progresses, Emma (or Saylor as her mom’s family calls her) finds out things she never knew about her mother and herself.

TL;DR – Another great Summer read from Sarah Dessen. It doesn’t blow your socks off, but it’s comfortable and the new setting of the lake is fun and I can’t wait to see what else she does with it in the future.

Purchase: Kindle | Hardcover

While this book isn’t going to break into my top five Sarah Dessen books, I still found it enjoyable. Saylor (or Emma) is a likable character even if she’s quite similar to past Dessen protagonists. She battles with identity in the form of her name throughout the book (reminiscent of McLean in What Happened to Goodbye) but I’ll refer to her just as Saylor throughout the rest of the review. I liked the cast of secondary characters even if some felt mildly superfluous (Taylor, April, and Vincent). I might be wrong, but I think this is our first Dessen protagonist who has a large extended family? That we get to see anyway. And I liked that dynamic. I’m someone who comes from large extended families on both sides, so I enjoyed seeing the cousin interactions. I didn’t always love Bailey (she’s pretty self-centered) and we don’t see a ton of Jack, but I loved Trinity. I thought she was a really fun and dynamic character and I would have loved more interactions between her and Saylor. I also thought Gordon was extremely precious and I wanted more of her as well.

As for the characters on the Emma side of things, her friends Bridget and Ryan, again, seemed mildly superfluous. I love that Dessen’s characters usually have strong female friendships, but this time that was mostly shown through the cousins instead of Saylor’s school friends. Tracy was nice enough and I like that she didn’t try to insert herself into things. Nana rocked. I thought she was going to be stuffy and annoying, but she’s actually the best. Saylor’s dad however…I had such a hard time with him for 95% of the book. I never felt like I totally understood his perspective and some of his actions completely enraged me. That being said, I still felt like he was a good guy and I was glad that Saylor had a good father in her life.

I’m realizing now that this is like three paragraphs on characters when I usually just do one, but there were a ton of characters and this book was seriously character driven. Anyway, here we go: Roo. I liked Roo as a person–I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love how almost all of Dessen’s romantic leads are GOOD GUYS. Like seriously, just nice boys. So from that perspective, I really liked Roo and I liked that Roo and Saylor had history. However, I don’t feel like we got to see Roo and Saylor spend much time with each other. In contrast, in The Truth About Forever (my ultimate Sarah Dessen fave), Macy and Wes spend a TON of time together and the reader gets to see it. But because of how busy Roo always was among the other things that Saylor was dealing with, they didn’t spend that much time together. So while I still bought their relationship, I didn’t feel super invested in it.

Lastly, I’ll just go over a few minor things that bugged or didn’t make sense. There was a lot of reflecting and introspection in this book. Like, Saylor would be out on the porch reflecting on an experience she’d had earlier with Mimi or something. But like…why not just write the scene? Why have it be a flashback? With all of the reflecting and such, the timeline seemed really screwy. I would be reading and think that an entire week had passed only to find out that it had been like…two days. Another thing is that I don’t understand why Calvander’s is so short staffed? I mean, it’s the Summer so it seems like they’d have at least two seasonal hires (which they’ve had in the past). I think maybe that should have been explained. Even if Mimi was just like, “Oh, we couldn’t get anybody this year!” Something like that. Another random thing is that I felt really confused by the Sergeant. Like, why did he even “exist” as a character? We literally never see anything from him but that dang toaster! Anyway, I just found him to be very confusing. The last thing is that I was EXTREMELY disappointed in the number of cameos in this book. I know that none of our previous characters have visited the lake before, but that doesn’t mean they can’t visit it now!

In the end, I still really enjoyed this book even if it’s not quite a top five for me. It’s still a solid Dessen book and I really enjoyed the new setting that she’s created with the lake. I’m excited to see what she does with it in the future. Definitely would recommend!

Overall Rating: 4
Language: Moderate
Violence: None
Smoking/Drinking: Moderate
Sexual Content: None

May flowers bring June power (reading) | June TBR

This is the month of the big move! We’ll be moving within the next few days and after that we’ll be settling into our new place, our new lives. I’m so hoping to have time to read. If I do, here’s what I’m planning to get to this month.

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I’m trying to keep it pretty simple this month and we’ll see how that goes.

What are you guys reading this month? Let me know in the comments!