TBR: January – February

Hello, book friends! I thought it would be cool to share my TBR list for the next January and February. You know speak it into existence 😅 Note I plan to keep this book list short and attainable for myself. I have a total of 6 books I would like to read during the 2 month period. I know I will pick up other books sometime during the months, I have no idea what they are yet. Being a “mood reader” is chaotic and frustrating at times because there times where I can’t find the perfect read.

As part of my reading goal for 2021 setting up a realistic TBR will help me be more intentional with my reading.


Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour

A debut novel! Adult Literary Fiction.

For fans of Sorry to Bother You and The Wolf of Wall Street—a crackling, satirical debut novel about a young man given a shot at stardom as the lone Black salesman at a mysterious, cult-like, and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems.

There’s nothing like a Black salesman on a mission.

An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother’s home-cooked meals. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of Sumwun, NYC’s hottest tech startup, results in an exclusive invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team on the thirty-sixth floor.

After enduring a “hell week” of training, Darren, the only Black person in the company, reimagines himself as “Buck,” a ruthless salesman unrecognizable to his friends and family. But when things turn tragic at home and Buck feels he’s hit rock bottom, he begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America’s sales force, setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game.

Black Buck is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America’s workforce; it is a propulsive, crackling debut that explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.

from goodreads

Fun fact I love both of those movies!! Especially Sorry to Bother You! It’s a bizarre and fun film. I’m excited to jump into this soon! Seems like one hell of an adventure.


King and The Dragon Flies by Kacen Callender

Middle Grade Contemporary.

Twelve-year-old Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. When Khalid unexpectedly passed away, he shed what was his first skin for another to live down by the bayou in their small Louisiana town. Khalid still visits in dreams, and King must keep these secrets to himself as he watches grief transform his family.

It would be easier if King could talk with his best friend, Sandy Sanders. But just days before he died, Khalid told King to end their friendship, after overhearing a secret about Sandy—that he thinks he might be gay. “You don’t want anyone to think you’re gay too, do you?”

But when Sandy goes missing, sparking a town-wide search, and King finds his former best friend hiding in a tent in his backyard, he agrees to help Sandy escape from his abusive father, and the two begin an adventure as they build their own private paradise down by the bayou and among the dragonflies. As King’s friendship with Sandy is reignited, he’s forced to confront questions about himself and the reality of his brother’s death.

from goodreads

Kacen Callender and I had an interaction once on twitter on my old account about L word: Gen Q tv series, very cool and gay interaction. (This was before the “author update” makeover.) Even though I read one of their books, Felix Ever After, it safe to say he is one of my favorite authors! I have a feeling this is going to be powerful read and I’m ready for it.


These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Young Adult Historical Fiction, Fantasy

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The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery.

A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal.

But when gangsters on both sides show signs of instability culminating in clawing their own throats out, the people start to whisper. Of a contagion, a madness. Of a monster in the shadows. As the deaths stack up, Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

from goodreads

My boyfriend surprised me with this book 😍 so of course I’m going to devour this soon!


Love Is A Revolution by Renée Watson

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Young Adult Contemporary

A love story about not only a romantic relationship but how a girl finds herself and falls in love with who she really is.

When Nala Robertson reluctantly agrees to attend an open mic night for her cousin-sister-friend Imani’s birthday, she finds herself falling in instant love with Tye Brown, the MC. He’s perfect, except . . . Tye is an activist and is spending the summer putting on events for the community when Nala would rather watch movies and try out the new seasonal flavors at the local creamery. In order to impress Tye, Nala tells a few tiny lies to have enough in common with him. As they spend more time together, sharing more of themselves, some of those lies get harder to keep up. As Nala falls deeper into keeping up her lies and into love, she’ll learn all the ways love is hard, and how self-love is revolutionary.

In Love Is a Revolution, plus size girls are beautiful and get the attention of the hot guys, the popular girl clique is not shallow but has strong convictions and substance, and the ultimate love story is not only about romance but about how to show radical love to the people in your life, including to yourself.

from goodreads

I was fortunate enough to receive an advance reader copy from Netgalley. I’m here for plus size black girls being in love and being loved!


Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Adult Fantasy

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

This book is wayyy out there for me but I’m interested to see how my first Leigh Bardugo read will go.


Red At The Bone by Jacqueline

Adult Historical Fiction

Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson’s taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child.

As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody’s coming of age ceremony in her grandparents’ Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody’s mother, for her own ceremony– a celebration that ultimately never took place.

Unfurling the history of Melody’s parents and grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the costs, the tolls they’ve paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood, Red at the Bone most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives–even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be. 

This sounds so good! Its giving me Vanishing Half vibes. I’m starting to have a thing for multigenerational family dramas and I’m okay with that! Can’t wait to pick this up.


I plan on doing a follow up post on this TBR list😬 Thank you for reading! Have you read any of the books listed above or interested in ? Let me know if there is anything to look out for Content Warning wise, I don’t mind.

Reading Goals for 2021

Hello, book friends! This is the first time I’m setting up reading goals. I want to be more intentional with what I read and how I read. I’m quite a mess when it comes to reading I classify myself as an impulsive mood reader. A little discipline and intention doesn’t hurt 😁😂

Goal #1

Read more physical books! My physical books are collecting dust on my bookshelf! Luckily I don’t have a huge physical tbr to stress out about but they must be read! I love my kindle and my kindle app on my phone but it is time to hang it up! Not saying I’m completely giving up uses digital devices for reading but I need to read more books in physical format. After reading like 5 or more books in a row on my kindle and my phone reading in physical form was a struggle. Felt like I was reading even slower and got distracted more easily. Which made reading frustrating! I need to be patent with myself and get used to reading physical books again. I missed them!

Goal #2

Read at least a book a month. Listen I could go from reading nothing at all for 3 months to 8 books in the next month 😂

Goal #3

Read a book series! A duology or a trilogy! Any series whether its romance or fantasy! I have a bad habit of reading book 1 of x series and even though I loved it I neglect the other books. The best way to go about this is to finish up the series I started.

Goal #4

Diversify my reading.

  1. Read more books by Latine(x), Black, and Indigenous authors.
  2. Read more books by LGBTQ+ authors specifically transgender and gender non-conforming authors.
  3. Read at least 5 non-fiction books whether they are personal development books, memoirs, and essays.
  4. Start reading Science Fiction. There were a few books from 2020 I ended up loving that were classified as science fiction on goodreads. I would like to pick to dip my toe into the genre a bit more.

This list seems doable! I’ve already curated a list of books I would like to read in 2021! I’m confident I’ll be able achieve these goals. Thank you for reading!

Favorite Reads of 2020

Hello, book friends! Happy New Year!🎉 Let’s take second to appreciate that you made it to the end of infamous 2020 surviving this past year is an accomplishment in itself and it is important to recognize that.

Let’s dive into my favorite reads of 2020 in no particular order! If it wasn’t for these books down below 2020 I honestly do not know how I would have survived 2020.😅


The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was a beautifully bittersweet read. An unexpected favorite!

I wrote a review a few months back if you’re interested in knowing more about this book.


The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I am going to be honest at first I rated this book 3 stars because it fell short in a few areas for me. After a few days of reading doing the most mundane acts this book was all I could think about it. Seriously this book is strange! I enjoyed the storytelling style of writing and the lyricism. I liked how magically adventurous this book is.


On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is phenomenal. I loved it so much! Bri is one of my favorite female protagonists. A well written character! She speaks up for what is right, she cares for her family and is willing to do anything for them and is authentically herself without hesitation. I’m so happy it’s being adapted into a film because everyone needs to know this story! The rapping element is so fun and simultaneously powerful. Angie Thomas is amazing!


Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A fantastic introduction to Audre Lorde. I believe everyone should read this not matter what your background is or if you think you’re “woke” enough. Its amazing and somehow sad that these essays are still as relevant today as they were then. Lorde is a beautiful writer can’t wait to pick up more of her works this year.


The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Vilasante

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book deserves more recognition! This story touches immigration, the struggles of bilingualism, and new beginnings. The story follows two sisters Gabi and Sol and their unusual immigration journey. Sol is strong and well developed character. The main reason why I ended up liking this book so much! While reading there were tears, smiles, and excitement for the romance subplot. It was SO good. Truly an important read.


Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

Rating: 5 out of 5.

In the words of Lady Gaga: talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same and totally unique 😁😂 I love this book so much! Everyone needs to read this book! The way this story made me feel I honestly can’t put them to words. This is an important story that follows a black bi trans teen, Felix, who is experiencing so many messy and complicated firsts. Everything about it is beautiful the writing, the characters, the representation, and the dive into queer identities. This book is about love, friendships, self-discovery and hope. I never shut up about this book on twitter lol.


The House of The Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Rating: 5 out of 5.

If a hug was a book this would be it. I read this before the hype so I went in with no expectations. The cover and the synopisis alone sold me. I ate this book right up! I loved every second of this book and these charming characters especially the powerful message of this book, to speak up for those who can’t speak up for themselves. It’s an endearing found family story that will warm your heart.


Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A captivating and poignant story. This book brought me such comfort. Even thought it centered around a heavy topic like grief and based from a tragedy, 587. It was the writing, characters and the realism pulled me in to the story and connected me to the main characters Camino and Yahaira. Acevedo’s way with words will never fail to amaze me. I love this book deeply. As I mentioned in a previous post Elizabeth Acevedo is the reason I fell back in love with reading.


The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Confession, this is the best and my number 1 favorite book of the year! I recently read it in December and was the only book I read last month, left me with a book hangover. I was deeply immersed in the characters lives, I did not want it to end. Everything about this book was perfect! From the stimulating writing to the deep characterization and realism, and I loved how everything was closely interwoven. I did not want the story to end! I wanted more! I’m excited to see what else Brit Bennet comes out with!


Thank you for reading my favorites of 2020 post! Most importantly thank you for sticking with my inconsistent posting this past year! I love blogging and I love reading blogs. WordPress is one of my most used app on my phone believe it or not. I find myself reading some strange non book related blogs posts at 2 am 😂

2020 Reading Recap

Hello, book friends!

2020, the year I fell back in love with reading 💌 Im so grateful I was able to turn to reading to cope with the state of the world.

How did I fall back in love with reading?

It happened unexpectedly, the best kind of love. I have my spontaneous Elizabeth Acevedo binge to thank. I came across Clap When You Land late May, and I devoured it within a few days. I was so blown away by the story, writing, and pretty much everything about the book. The beauty of it all captivated me. I decided to pick up her debut novel, Poet X, and With The Fire on High, within the span of two weeks! I felt so alive!! I have never felt so seen before I read Elizabeth Acevedo. It’s an incredible feeling. It gave me hope.

This year I read a total of 42 books! I started actively reading mid year so I can’t wait to see the damage I do next year starting in Jan! 😂🤞


2019 vs 2020

First year completing GR Goal!

Overview of the books I read in 2020


I appreciate every book I came across, even the ones I did not enjoy. I learned a lot about my reading habits and preferences. I’m excited to jump into 2021 with a clear view on what kind of books I’d like to read. I’m craving magic, romance, and adventure! Can’t wait to see what books I pick up next year 😁! Happy Holidays!

To All The Books I Couldn’t Commit To

Hello bookish friends!

2020 came and puked on everyone and just like *poof* it gone! Left us with an impossible mess to clean up. Despite the madness I had a successful reading year. But, first let’s talk about the books that weren’t part of it.

Here is the deal with me I only read and finish books I enjoy.

Well, there’s a few I read this year that started off strong and completely went to sh*t during the last chapters but minus those. There were a few I could not sit through.

This is a very short list!

We’re On A Break

The City We Became by N.K Jemisin

I can confidently say I will come back to this book when I’m good and ready! I will not give up!

I must confess I am a stranger science fiction and fantasy. N.K Jemisin is a highly respected SFF author. Right at the jump I was quite intimidated to read this. The synopsis and cover sold me on giving this book a try. After a few chapters, I decided to take a break. There’s only so much my brain cells can handle! This was The writing style the concept is unlike no other so of course I will come back to it.

I need to start off with something else in the SFF genre then come back to this or perhaps a start with a different N.K Jemisin book to become familiar with craft.

The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

Looking back I was simply not in a mood for this. I was reading a different book, On The Come Up by Angie Thomas, while attempting to read this one. I ended up loving that book so much I did not read anything after. It took me a while to pick up something else, and I completely forgot about the falling in love montage. All I know I was a few chapters in the MC only hooked up with straight girls for some heartbreaking reason. I will come back and read this one. Not by the end of the year though.

Books I Did Not Finish Nor Do I Plan On Finishing

You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno

Where do I start with this one! It was weird and made zero sense to me. The main character made me uncomfortable. Like I couldn’t trust her. Not exactly sure what was going on but I didn’t like it. I couldn’t continue on.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Yes, I know. I promise you I did try! Maybe I am missing out because I DNF but this was my second time attempting this book. My first attempt was in physical format, a library checkout. The second time was the audiobook. I really wanted the audiobook to do it for me but here we are. Maybe this book would have worked for me in 2012 or in 2016. I can see why this book is loved by many and I respect that. The other thing is the hype for this book and how many people loved it caused me DNF because I was already disappointed with the story so I couldn’t continue on. With hyped books I feel like there’s a pressure to like them. The hype causes me to have high expectation so if there’s expectation aren’t meet within at least the first 100 pages…. well there’s no luck in me continuing.

Thank you so much for reading! 

I had fun doing this post! My title may have been a bit dramatic since there were only 4 books, haha. Have you read any of the books listed?

Diverse Holiday Romance Novellas To Binge

Hello, bookish friends!

The holidays are here and I don’t know about you but I feel like indulging in sweet and spicy holiday novellas! A perfect distraction from the reality of this holiday season…

This short book list includes a mix of my favorite tropes like fake dating, second chance at love, friends to loves, rivals to lovers and the classic there is only one bed. All the good stuff!

Take note majority of these books contain sexual content (smut) and if you’re not into that then this list is not for you.


Thanksgiving Novellas

A Match Made For Thanksgiving

Advertising executive Nick Wong enjoys living in Toronto. He loves late nights partying and taking women back to his penthouse. And so it is with great reluctance that he returns to his boring hometown of Mosquito Bay for Thanksgiving.

This year, however, is even worse than usual. His interfering parents and grandparents, frustrated with the lack of weddings in the family, have invited blind dates for him and his three siblings. Nick’s brother Greg has been set up with Lily Tseng, who just so happens to be Nick’s latest one-night stand, the one he can’t get out of his mind.

Although Nick has never been interested in settling down, Lily has him reconsidering. Perhaps he’s good for more than a single night of sex, dumplings, and bubble tea after all. But first, he has to get through this painful weekend with his family and convince her that she should be with him, not Greg…

Give Me Love: Cherish & Gratitude by B. Love

Gratitude Montgomery, Attorney, and Cherish Williams, Gift basket boutique owner, meet for the first time by crashing into each other – literally. This unexpected meeting changes the events of their lives for the next few days, forcing them to spend that time together. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Gratitude hates the holiday and all it stands for. The last thing he wants to deal with is a positive, cheery woman whose disposition only irritates him more. During the course of their time together, Cherish sets out to make Gratitude the meaning of his name.

Will she succeed and change his perception of Thanksgiving, love, and life itself, or will he taint her heart and spirit and drain her of the good within her until they both have nothing left?


Christmas Novellas

Mangos & Mistletoe: Adriana Herrera

Kiskeya Burgos left the tropical beaches of the Dominican Republic with a lot to prove. As a pastry chef on the come up, when she arrives in Scotland, she has one goal in mind: win the Holiday Baking Challenge. Winning is her opportunity to prove to her family, her former boss, and most importantly herself, she can make it in the culinary world. Kiskeya will stop at nothing to win , that is, if she can keep her eyes on the prize and off her infuriating teammate’s perfect lips.

Sully Morales, home cooking hustler, and self-proclaimed baking brujita lands in Scotland on a quest to find her purpose after spending years as her family’s caregiver. But now, with her home life back on track, it’s time for Sully to get reacquainted with her greatest love, baking. Winning the Holiday Baking Challenge is a no brainer if she can convince her grumpy AF baking partner that they make a great team both in and out of the kitchen before an unexpected betrayal ends their chance to attain culinary competition glory. 

Noelle The First By Nicole Falls

Despite sharing a birthday with the holiday, Christmas just wasn’t Noelle’s thing. As a kid she had been in love with the holiday, but adult Noelle just saw it as another day to get through.

Jay has moved back home after a breakup and is looking to reconnect with his childhood bestie. Cooking up a scheme to get her in the holiday spirit with her sisters, he’s determined to bring back to the old Noelle.

With a combination of nostalgia, Christmas magic and a little bit of mistletoe, Noelle the First is a tale of old friends finding their way back to each other and more. 

Sugar Butter Flour Love: A Novella By Nicole Falls

There are two things on Earth that Isobel Knight loves above all else—her Gamma Betty and their family bakery, Whisk. When an opportunity presents itself to place Whisk in the national spotlight as well as take home a nice chunk of cash, Isobel is in it to win it!

Travis Coleman is a former professional football player with way too much time on his hands now that he’s been made to retire after injury. Approached with the opportunity to pair up with a hometown baker and compete for the chance to win a hefty donation for his foundation, he’s almost all in. But there’s one little problem…

Travis and Isobel have had friction between them going back to their high school days, but can they set their animosity aside and keep their eyes on the prize? Or will pride keep them from walking away victorious?

A Second Chance Road Trip For Christmas By Jackie Lau

Greg Wong hates when things don’t go according to plan, so he definitely doesn’t appreciate it when his mother insists he drive Tasha Edwards back to Mosquito Bay for the Christmas holidays. He likes peace and quiet when he’s in the car, and that’s the opposite of what he’ll get with Tasha, his high school sweetheart. The first woman he ever loved.

Not that he has feelings for her now. Of course not. Though while he’s trying not to smile at her laughter and terrible singing, he can’t help noticing how beautiful she is.

And then his plans veer further off course when a snowstorm forces them to spend the night in an unheated motel room with only one bed… 

True Love For Christmas By D.Rose

Suffering from the Christmas blues, Noel was doing all she could to avoid the holiday season. When her best friend, Chris, returned to town unannounced, her world was turned upside down and made better all at once.

Chris was determined to shower Noel with holiday cheer by showing her the true meaning of Christmas

And the true meaning of love.

Super sweet friends to lovers.

Love Me For Christmas By B. Love

What happens when the city’s most successful matchmaker fails at securing her own love? Her best friend takes matters into her own hands – even if just for the Christmas holiday! Giselle has always had a knack for bringing two souls together, however, she’s been blind to the needs of her own soul. When her best friend, Ashton, sets her up to finally put her own needs first, Giselle meets an unlikely match in Chaquille.

Chaquille has never had a problem pursuing women he was interested in, but lately, the pickings have been slim. His disinterest in women motivates him to go to a speed dating event, though he isn’t expecting to meet anyone worth the effort. By mistake, Giselle sits at his table, and the sparks that go off between them heat Chaquille up in a way that makes him believe it’s the Fourth of July instead of Christmas.

Giselle is expecting Chaquille to leave her because of her standards just like every other man she’s encountered, but when he proves that he’s up for the chase, she finds herself wondering if this match was really made in heaven… or just for the holiday.

No Room At The Inn by Brooke Winters

Two women. One bed. And a night that changes everything.

It’s a week before Christmas and Emma and Sylvia are stranded at the remote hotel where they work. With only one room and one bed available, they have no choice but to share.

No Room At The Inn is a friends to lovers kinky festive romance

Holiday Home Run by Priscilla Oliveras

Event planner Julia Fernández is in Chicago for an internship that she hopes to turn into a full-time job. She’s ready to live on her own, out from under her familia’s expectations that she take over their catering business in Puerto Rico and away from their year-round baseball fever thanks to her three ball-playing brothers.

Ex-MLB pitcher Ben Thomas knows what it’s like to have different dreams than your family intends for you, but since his injury-caused early retirement, he’s been struggling to find the sense of family baseball once brought him. When he volunteers as the emcee for Julia’s big holiday fundraiser for a local youth center, he finally begins to find a sense of purpose working with the kids and alongside Julia.

She’s focused on organizing the best holiday event the youth center has ever seen, not on romance. But Ben…he’s got a game plan for them that includes both.

Hoops Holiday by Kennedy Ryan

MacKenzie Decker was a question Avery never got to ask, much less answer.

They met when she was a young reporter fueled by ambition, and the ink on Deck’s first NBA contract was barely dry. Years later, they’ve climbed so high and lost so much, but one thing hasn’t changed. The attraction that simmered between them in a locker room before is still there. With success like theirs, everything has been possible . . . except them.

That was then… but what about now?

Sweet On You by Carla De Guzman

For barista and café owner Sari Tomas, Christmas means parols, family and no-holds-barred karaoke contests. This year, though, a new neighbor is throwing a wrench in all her best-laid plans. The baker next door—“some fancy boy from Manila”—might have cute buns, but when he tries to poach her customers with cheap coffee and cheaper tactics, the competition is officially on.

And Baker Boy better be ready, because Sari never loses.

Foodie extraordinaire Gabriel Capras wants to prove to his dad that his career choice doesn’t make him any less a man. The Laneways might not be Manila, but the close-knit community is the perfect spot to grow his bakery into a thriving business. He wasn’t expecting a gorgeous adversary in the barista next door, but flirting with her makes his heart race, and it’s not just the caffeine.

It’s winner takes all this Christmas. And more than one competitor might just lose their heart for the holidays.

Wrapped Up In You by Talia Hibbert

William Reid is nothing special, except for his billion-dollar acting career and his, you know, face. (Apparently, it’s a good one.) Winning ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ was nice, but this Christmas, he has more important goals in mind… like finally winning over his best friend’s little sister, the super-smart and kinda-scary Abbie Farrell.

When a blizzard leaves Will and Abbie alone at Grandma Farrell’s house (if bunking with 27 pets counts as ‘alone’), it’s the perfect opportunity to pull off a Christmas miracle. Convincing clever, frosty Abbie to give Will a chance will take more than mistletoe, but hiding his lifelong crush on her is no longer an option. 


New Years

A Fake Girlfriends for Chinese New Years by Jackie Lau

After his family’s matchmaking extravaganza at Thanksgiving, high school teacher Zach Wong is terrified of what his parents might do for Chinese New Year. Surely they’ll try to set him up yet again, especially now that his older brothers are in relationships. Zach, however, has no interest in dating, not since his fiancée left him.

The solution? Find a fake girlfriend to avoid his parents’ matchmaking.

Jo MacGregor, the town dentist, is the obvious choice. They both live in Mosquito Bay and have been friends for years, ever since they bonded over broken engagements. A few kisses and dates around town, and everyone will believe they’re in a relationship. No problem.

Except their fake relationship is starting to feel more and more real…

Grand Theft: N.Y.E by Katrina Jackson

Cleo Wright is just a happy scammer on a mission to rob a rich man before his ex-wife or the federal government seize all of his money and possessions. She’s not expecting to meet another rich man who makes her want to use her nimble fingers for other, not thieving, things. But Robert Shimizu is just that man.

The two share a night of fast cars, expensive champagne and the best sex of her life. But Cleo is who she is and when Robert wakes up the next morning, she’s long gone… with his car and a few other very expensive possessions.

It takes him months to track down the woman who stole his favorite watch and his heart, but when he does, there’s fireworks.


Thank you for reading! Did any of the novellas listed above catch your attention? Have you read any? Let me know in the comments. Let’s chat!

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig: Book Review + Notable Quotes

Hello, bookish friends! This past week I read The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. This is my first read by this author and it was pure excellence. What captured my attention about this book was the title alone. I am a fool for titles that include ‘library’, ‘book(s)’, and ‘bookshop’; I am even a massive fool for books about books especially if they take place in a library! Then, I read the synopsis and I was like this is a must read. I am so happy I stumbled across this book. One of the most important stories I’ve read regarding mental illness. With that being said let’s dive into The Midnight Library!


Title: The Midnight Library

Author: Matt Haig

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Sci-Fi Fantasy

Pages: 288

Content Warning: Depression, Suicide, Death Ideation

Rating: 4.5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

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Book Review

The Midnight Library follows Nora Seed who has zero intrinsic motivation to do anything in life. She lives out her days thinking of what could have been. She has held herself back in many ways. One day she decides that she is tired and wants to die. Although dying is not as simple as it seems. Little does she know that can’t wish death on her command. Death has to come to her. She finds herself in an magical library with a kind familiar face. This familiar face turns out be her old school librarian, Mrs. Elm. The librarian reveals she is in between life and death and in this library holds books of her alternative lives. Mrs. Elm, shares secrets of the library with Nora and tells her she is able to explore these alternative lives and if she likes one she may stay but the choice is subconsciously made. The librarian continues to explain if Nora feels disappointed in a multiverse life she is to return to the library and seek out another one. But time does not go on forever in the space between life and death. Choices must be made before Nora Seed reaches the end of her life.

I resonate heavily with Nora, as someone who has struggled with their mental health I found it easy to connect with her. Nora Seed is a well-crafted character. She is fragile, emotional, intelligent, and cautious. I found myself lost in the multiple lives of Nora Seed. Each life included something she wanted or thought was needed for happiness. We follow a life of a successful Olympic swimmer, glaciologist, college professor, a rock star, and one where she marries her ex. Each life left her with new knowledge about herself and her loved ones. The character development is visible in each life. Nora is rather complex and as a reader we don’t know everything about her. All we know is that she is depressed and wants to die. But why? So, as we follow her in each life it is interesting to see how her past is revealed. I like a good reveal and non linear story.

I enjoyed the overall premise of the story and the main character. This was a page turner. The writing however didn’t have a whimsical or magical feel. Which I would have loved because of the magical realism.

This story is about regrets, life, choices, hope, and second chances. This was a beautiful read! Don’t let my enthusiasm about how much I loved this book fool you. This was a heartbreaking read. Matt Haig was able to string in bits of knowledge from philosophy, quantum physics, and his own experience with mental health to create a beautiful and meaningful story. Also, made perfect sense because Nora Seed in her original life studied philosophy. I am not familiar with philosophy or physics but this book wasn’t pretentious about the subjects. I loved how Haig made the concepts accessible to readers. Truly was a fascinating and reflective read! Oh, how I wish multiverse travel was real! An enticing magical concept!


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Thanks for reading! Comment below If you’ve read or are interesed in reading The Midnight Library!

Spoiler Free eArc Book Review: Fine by Amylea Murphy

Hello bookish friends! This month has been packed with exams, and loads of reading. One of those reads were Fine by Amylea Murphy!

Thank you Black Château for sending me this eArc via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Genre : Mystery

Audience: Young Adult

Release Date: November 17th 2020

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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Synopsis


Six years have passed and Katie’s older sister and best friend, Anna, has yet to return home. Not a trace of her existence since her disappearance. Anna was her whole world and the most heartbreaking thing is her sister would have not left her behind, not the Anna she knew. Her disappearance has weighed heavily on Katie and no one else seems to care about Anna. Six years have gone by and still no sight of Anna. Katie believes that there things that her parents and the police aren’t telling her. The system and her parents failed Anna. The only way to truly find out what happened to Anna is to take matters in her own hands. Katie feels in her gut that something isn’t right about this disappearance. When Katie gets a hold of her sister’s missing person file she comes to realize there was more to her sister she wasn’t aware of.

Fine is a very light read with heavy content. In the sense of alcohol and drug use, possible sexual assault, and suicide ideation.

What I Liked


This was an enjoyable read and super fast-paced. I liked the inclusion of the missing person file documents within the book. The format of the book included interviews, text, journal entries, emails, flyers, and police memos regarding the missing person file of Anna. From the first chapter, I was pulled into the story especially Katie as the main character. She is headstrong, smart, and self-aware and you can tell that her sisters unresolved disappearance scared her deeply.

What Could Have Increased My Enjoyment


I wish the book did flashbacks (minus the interviews) rather than telling us about Anna. Although the author did an amazing job of giving us a glimpse of Anna’s life with her journal entries and emails. As well as how others viewed her. I would have liked to have seen it along with interactions with Katie, family, and her friends. The authors writing style was different for me I like descriptions and dialogue. I felt like some scenes were rushed like there was more to show. I did like how the author told the story, but I did have a problem with how the story was wrapped up. It felt rushed, misleading, and had me confused. Along with Katie, I have many questions that were left unanswered, even about Katie herself.

That concludes the end of this review. Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out Fine on Goodreads!

Bookish This or That #1

Hello, Bookish Friends! I thought this post would be a fun way to get to know me as a reader. My goal for this blog is to connect and grow with the book blogger community! Hopefully find friends along way ❤

I am cooking up some hot content for this blog that includes book reviews, discussion posts, good ole book rambling, and all of that good stuff soon! Follow so you don’t miss out!

Bookish this or that consists of questions that are common within the book community. I’ve gathered a few of them for this post.

To read in silence or With music/or ambience?

If I could read in complete silence I would! I live in a noisy home and silence is only available late at night or early in the morning. If I end up reading during the day I put on library or coffee shop ambience to compensate for the chatter that is happening and it allows me to tune out any noise that is happening around me. There are so many atmospheric ambience videos on YouTube and most of them pair up great with what I am currently reading. Makes for the ultimate reading experience.

To re-read books or Read new books?

I like reading new books or not exactly “new” but books I haven’t read yet. I don’t re-read books mostly I skim to my favorite parts or chapter. I have re-read a few but I prefer to read new books! There’s so many books out there and so little time.

Paperback or Hardback?

Paperback, baby!!! I love a good floppy thick paperback! Hardcovers are beautiful and have their benefits don’t get me wrong. Whenever I am reading a hardcover I feel like I have to be extra careful especially If I put down like 15+ dollars for them. When reading I prefer to read paperbacks I find them more flexible to read from.

Character driven or Plot driven stories?

I believe characters truly make the story enjoyable whether the character is unlikable or not. A well written or developed character will make or break the story for me. Reading is escapism for me although I do not mind a pinch of realism in books. I like being able to connect with the characters, feel their pain and their happiness.

Moodboards or playlist for books?

Listening to a playlist created for a particular book after reading it feels like your levitating. I love immersing myself into a story and I would do anything to part of my favorite fictional worlds.

Book Twitter or Bookstagram?

This answer is 100% bias because I am on book twitter instead of bookstagram. I might be missing out on the aesthetic book photos but the catch is you can post those photos on twitter too. I really love book twitter apparently there is a lot of discourse for some people but opinions clash in every platform and people have the right to be heard. Minus the discourse it is a great place to follow your favorite authors and interact with other readers. I’ve connected with s few blogger and booktube creators on book twitter. Everyone is so nice and supportive! I love reading currently reading book threads, book recommendation threads and how inclusive everyone is. My book twitter account has become a safe place for me to mindlessly gush about books, and other content I enjoy.

Thank you so much for reading! I had fun doing this post! Do you agree with my answers? Comments are welcome 🙂

Latinx Book Bingo TBR

Hello, bookish friends! National Hispanic (Latinx) Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th. What better way to celebrate than to join a latinx readathon! This year I will be participating in the latinx book bingo with my latinx community and general book community!

There are so many events happening this month in celebration!

Along with the book bingo I will be tuning in Latinx Heritage Month Book Fest! It is an online event celebrating Latinx literature. They are having so many amazing and inspiring latinx people speaking at their panels about writing, representation, the importance of latinx lit. Check out the month long calendar below!

The latinx book bingo (@latinxbookbingo) starts Sept. 15th and ends Oct. 15th. “Its purpose is to highlight books written by Latinx authors in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month..” This book bingo is a fun and versatile way to catch up on books from latinx authors you’ve been meaning to pick up, to re-read favorites and appreciate the diverse latinx culture.

Read more about the Latinx Book Bingo from one of the host, Sofia @bookishwanderess.

The first half of Latinx Heritage Month I am going to be busy with exams so my goal is to get a bingo (from a row). In future latinx book bingos I would love to fill up the entire card! As of right now I’ll take what I can handle. Important to note that you can read one book and use that for multiple prompts!

Prompts

To Be Read:

  1. Cementery Boys by Aiden Thomas for 2020 Release, Queer Rep and Intersectional MC
  2. Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza for Immigrant Story and 2020 Release
  3. The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante for Award Winning and Never Read Before Latinx Author
  4. The Wild Book by Margarita Engle for Set in LatAm and Any Book By Latinx Author (middle grade)
  5. The Moon Within by Aida Salazar for On The Cover Rep and Intersectional (middle grade)
  6. Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine for Non-Fiction
  7. The Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar for 2020 Release and On the Cover Rep
  8. By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery for Group Book

A handful of beautiful stories that deserve to exist and to be read! Can’t wait to dive into these books. Highly recommend clinking on book titile links for the synopsis and to add on goodreads!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you join the Latinx Readathon!

Stuck At Home Book Tag

Hello, bookish friends! Today I will be participating in the Stuck At Home Book Tag and thank you Val from Behind That Story for tagging me! This is the first time I’ve been tagged in anything! It feels good to be a part of something.

Rules for the Tag:

  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Answer the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @Allonsythornaxx.
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

The Questions:

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading two books!

The City We Became by N.K Jemisin

I am going to be honest with you this is a bit of a slow read for me. The concept of this book is cool and I find the writing style interesting so I am willing to preserver.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

A story within another story along with multiple stories, a total whimsical rush! I have yet to find the right words to describe it so do not let the “whimsical rush” fool you because this isn’t a book of playfulness and laughter. More of a magical adventurous mystery, if that makes sense. I love being immersed in a atmospheric story and being lost in a fantasy. I am only halfway through but I am trying to savor every moment. There’s a magical string that pulls me into the story and I don’t want to let go.

What is your favorite ‘can’t leave the house’ activity?

Playing chef in the kitchen, these past few months I’ve been collecting a ton of different recipes off Pinterest and been inspired to whip a few of them up. I find cooking and baking to be enjoyable and it is a fun versatile activity to get lost in. Listen I am no Emoni from With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo but I am trying my best and the outcome is totally edible. 😇

A book you’ve been meaning to read for forever

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller!

I’ve seen such high praise for this book also the same reason why I am hesitant to get to reading this. I plan on reading this by the end of the year though so lets hope that happens.

An intimidating book on your to be read (TBR)

Jade City by Fonda Lee.

Everyone has been raving about this book and the series in generally and I want to see what’s up. I heard the plot is good and the characters are well written and it’s action packed with complex family dynamics. I am sold but this is a series and I have commitment issues when it comes to series. I usually end up reading book 1 of any series and even though I loved it for some reason I don’t even bother on picking up the sequel. I’m a standalone gurl what can I say.

Top 3 books on you TBR

Recommend a short book

Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon

In this super cute m/m romance we follow Jordan Collins, a hopeless romantic who loves getting lost in romance novels, and he runs a book club named Meet Cute Club. One day he meets Rex at his local bookstore. Rex did not make a first good impression without hesitation he teases Jordan’s taste in books and their story goes off from there. I adored the characters, the witty banter, and I laughed out loud several times. It was a fun read!

Recommend a long book

On The Come Up By Angie Thomas

More than 450 pages constitutes as a long book so I am going with this one which is 464 pages long. 🤣🤣 This story is really good! This book follows Brianna on her way to the come up! She has the dream of becoming a rapper just like her daddy. She wants to carve out her own path. Bri is one of my favorite protagonists. I love how headstrong she is and how she is willing to learn from her mistakes. Her character development was executed beautifully and the rapping was incredible! The relationships in this book are written so well and they are so raw and complex. This book is amazing! I love it so much! One of the best books I’ve read all year.

What book do you plan on reading next?

There are a few books I have in mind. Definitely would like to read a book with major autumnal vibes.

I Tag

Henry @henrysbookshelf

Reyna @ReynasPages

Kaylee @readingthroughthewardrobe

Ashleigh @theashleighdeanna

JoAnne @readingthroughthewardrobe

Erin @readingonastar

Vel @missbookishrebel

This was a fun tag! Thank you so much for reading! Have you read any of the books mentioned?

Books Read In August 2020

Hello, bookish friends! Welcome to my blog Chaotic Pages! This post will consist of  mini reviews for my top 3 reads of the month, and list the rest of the books with ratings. Along with what I am currently reading. This month was a good reading month! I came across a few new favorites. I read a total of 7 books and 2,899 pages. It was a good reading month for me. I would like to keep up this momentum until the end of the year! Without further ado lets get into it! 

Books I Read

Top 3 Books (In no particular order) 

One The Come Up By Angie Thomas (464 pages)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.5)

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

I loved this so much! Bri is one of my favorite female protagonists. How can you hate her she speaks up for what is right, she cares for her family and is willing to do anything for them and is authentically herself without hesitation. Love how this story showed an appreciation of rap music and culture. This was SO good. I’m so happy it’s being adapted into a film because everyone needs to know this story!

House In The Cerulean Sea by T.J Klune (393 pages) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5)

A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.

Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.

When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.

I loved every second of this book and these charming characters especially the powerful message of this book! It’s about acceptance, love, and standing up for what you truly in. It’s an endearing found family story that will warm your heart. It has a slow burn romance that won’t frustrate you in any way because it unfolds perfectly and the pining is *chef’s kiss*. This writing!! I ate it up!

Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover ( 338 pages) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.5)

Life and a dismal last name are the only two things Beyah Grim’s parents ever gave her. After carving her path all on her own, Beyah is well on her way to bigger and better things, thanks to no one but herself.
With only two short months separating her from the future she’s built and the past she desperately wants to leave behind, an unexpected death leaves Beyah with no place to go during the interim. Forced to reach out to her last resort, Beyah has to spend the remainder of her summer on a peninsula in Texas with a father she barely knows and meets someone whom she might like.

“Look at us. Two lonely kids who slipped through all the cracks, but then climbed right back up to the top of the world”

Beyah spends the summer with her father and his new family and she bummed that this is how she has to spend her last summer before she goes off for college. Her fathers neighbor, Samson, turns out to be an unexpected new friend and might be the only person she doesn’t hate. A summer fling starts up but agree to keep it light fling since they are both leaving at the end summer. All I am going to say this is not as predictable I thought it was going to be. This was an emotional ride. I loved every moment, every page, and I adore the two main characters Beyah and Samson so much. I related to Beyah through unfortunate life experiences the reason why I carry this book so close to my heart. Its a story of love, survival, trust, and allowing yourself to be free. 
Content Warning: Substance Abuse

That’s a Wrap!

I am ready to get back into blogging consistently and plan on being more active within the community. I would like to join in autumn festivities! Comment down below If there are any fall themed read alongs or tags to participate in. Thank you so much for reading!