July 2020 TBR

Hi everyone! It is my first post back and I am so excited to be back! Today, I am going to be sharing my list of books that I plan on reading this month, or at least will try to read. I’m not putting a lot of pressure on myself to read, but I would like to at least try to get through some of these. Let’s just jump right into the list!

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Clap When You Land

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash.

Separated by distance – and Papi’s secrets – the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they’ve lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Papi’s death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden, and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them, and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

The Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 1 & 2) – Nakaba Suzuki

The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 1

When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth – the Sins were framed by the king’s guard, the Holy Knights – too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne! Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn’t even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins’ strength been exaggerated…?

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban

All Your Twisted Secrets

What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.

Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?

Maybe This Time by Kasie West

Maybe This Time

Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year’s Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.

Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all . . .

Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.

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Book Review | The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday! I hope everyone is having a lovely day so far. Today I wanted to give you guys a really good book review because….. ah this book. Honestly, where can I even begin with this book? Ummm… it f**king rocked okay?! It was amazing and thank god I just decided to pick it up on a whim. Let’s just get into the review shall we?

The Kingdom

The Kingdom

Jess Rothenberg

Pages: 352

Audience: YA

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Fantasy

Publication Date: May 28, 2019

Trigger Warnings: suicide, implied sexual assault, animal abuse, talks of blood/gross imagery, self-harm triggers

Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species–formerly extinct–roam free.

Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful “princesses” engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time… love.

But the fairytale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana’s memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty–and what it truly means to be human. 

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg | Sheaf & Ink
  • Dark – This book is very dark. I don’t normally include trigger warning in book reviews, but this one I had to because there are a lot of dark elements to this book. I knew it had some creepy and deep elements to it, but I never expected it to turn as dark and terrifying as it did in some spots.
  • Unexpected Turns – There were a lot of twists and turns in this book that I did not see coming AT ALL. It kept me guessing constantly of what may happen and what may not happen. It was so crazy and out there.
  • Ana and Owen – What a nice relationship! It wasn’t one that was solely built on attraction to one another, but based on deep conversation the two shared, that us as the readers got to see in a really nice way thanks to Rothenberg. It made the whole fact that he’s a human and she’s this cyborg princess a little less creepy.
  • The Sisters – I loved all of the sisters. Some weren’t as present as others, but some like Eve, Nia, and KAIA! All of the sisters seem to have different programming, and Kaia’s character honestly broke me every time I heard from her. Even though what she said literally had no reference to the current conversation that was being handled in the book (if you’ve read this I think you know what I’m trying to get at here), her words still had a deep, dark and terribly sad meaning. I need more KAIA.
  • Description of Park/Writing – I thought Jess did a great job with the writing and the description of the park was amazing.
  • Back and Forth Timeline – I don’t usually care for timelines that go back and forth between past and present, but man did I enjoy the hell out of this. I feel like this review would be a lot different if those little chapters to the ‘present’ where Ana is going through her trial weren’t included. They kept the reader want to keep reading, and it wasn’t long before it has me totally sucked in.
  • Pictures of Evidence in Book – Liked that there were some pictures included, and even fake notes. Loved that.
  • Disney References – There were a few Disney references in this book, one is my favorite quote from the entire book which is ‘Like Wendy, John and Michael Darling on the night Peter Pan taught them how to fly – I think one happy thought. In my pocket, I have a knife.’ In that moment I immediately wrote it down because I had felt a sharp shiver go all the way up my spine. Good lord.
  • Will there be a sequel? Because that ending! – I need to know what happens to a certain character which will remain nameless…… but I really need to know and I need a book 2 ASAP.
  • Backstory – I needed a little more back story. That’s literally the only complaint I have. I just want to know more about how The Kingdom came to be before Ana showed up.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Of course I would! I’m thinking this may be my favorite book of the year if I have to be straight forward with you guys. I will scream it from the mountain tops that I love this book. Although, I will warn you guys, it is VERY DARK. Like possibly could upset you dark. Could possibly put you in a bad head space dark? So just be fair warned about that.

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The Book Snob Tag

1.) Adaptation Snob: Do you always read the book before you see the movie?

Nooooo, oh my god no. See, I have friends, and those friends don’t read books and just want to maybe go see cute romance-y movies, which sometimes happen to be books first. I’ve done it, and I have no shame in it guys.

Examples: A Simple Favor, Alita: Battle Angel, Everything, Everything, After

2.) Format Snob: You can only choose 1 format in which to read books for the rest of your life. Which one do you choose: physical, ebooks, or audiobooks?

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Hello, physical! Physical forever and always. What am I going to do during a zombie apocalypse?! Have a non-working iPad to read books? No thanks.

3.) Ship Snob: Would you date or marry a non-reader?

I am currently right now, so that’s a very easy answer for me.

Here’s the thing: If a person doesn’t read, that doesn’t mean it won’t work out. Honestly, I don’t mind that he doesn’t read…. He listens. He will gladly listen to me be pissed off over a book, sad over a book. Ladies and Gents, as long as you’re partner LISTENS to you, you’re good.

4.) Genre Snob: You have to ditch one genre – never to be read again for the rest of your life. Which one do you ditch?

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GOOD-BYE HORROR! And gee, while you’re leaving my life for good, take all your movies with you!

5.) Uber Genre Snob: You can only choose to read form one genre for the rest of your life. Which genre do you choose?

Ehhhhhhhhh….

MAN, This is tough! I don’t know! I guess I would have to say contemporary? I guess? It’s a pretty large genre so yeah, contemporary!

6.) Community Snob: Which genre do you think receives the most snobbery from the bookish community?

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Romance for sure! Do you guys even understand how much shit I get for liking Fifty Shades of Grey?

I feel like Romance books get such a bad wrap because honestly, in this day in age, people feel like every book should be giving them something. A lesson, a deeper meaning… Romance doesn’t usually deliver on that. It’s intended purpose I believe is to be fun, to make you feel romantic, to make you FEEL something. Fifty Shades of Grey never promised anyone to take anything away from it, just enjoy yourself reading it!

Geez… I might do a whole rant post on this because I just can’t!

7.) Snobbery Recipitent: Have you ever been snubbed for something that you have been reading or for reading in general?

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YES! My parents, my brother, my boyfriend, my best friend have all said some b*llsh*t over me reading. They aren’t readers and think I am ‘stuck in a fantasy world’. I don’t take it to heart, I like reading and they don’t, so it’s fine. Really I’m the only one in my family who reads, and the only other person that did was my great-grandfather, and he passed away even before I was born. My grandmother has always told me I’m just like him, with my head always stuck in a book.


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Book Review | Losing The Field (The Field Party #4) by Abbi Glines

Hi everyone! A new book review today, which is always exciting. I have been reading Abbi’s books for a pretty long time now, and I’ve really enjoyed my time reading books from her. Although this book didn’t end up being one of my absolute favorites, I still wanted to share it with you guys and have my thoughts out on my blog. Let’s get onto the review!


Losing the Field (The Field Party, #4)

Title: Losing The Field (The Field Party #4)

Author: Abbi Glines

Pages: 336

Audience: Young Adult

Genre(s): Contemporary Romance

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: August 21, 2018

Losing his dream, his ultimate plan, and his future- Nash Lee never expected to be facing a life without football. One wrong move and it had all changed. Going back to school for his senior year no longer appealed to him. He’d rather not leave his house. Walking back into Lawton High School, seeing pity in everyone’s eyes was just another reality in his nightmare.

Revenge wasn’t a pretty thing. Tallulah Liddell had found it was rather controlling. The way you looked at life changed completely when you clung to the ugly notion. But she’d done it anyway. From the last day of her junior year when Ryker Lee had made a fat joke about her and Nash laughed with him, she’d been driven by pain. It wasn’t like no one had made fun of her weight before. She was used to that. What had hurt so deeply was Nash’s laughter. He’d always been the one person to notice her, include her, not treat her differently. But that one moment had changed it all. From the time she walked out of the school building to the moment she returned for her senior year Tallulah had been determined to lose weight and finally be the size her peers considered acceptable.

What she wasn’t expecting on her return was to find a broken Nash Lee who no longer smiled, rarely spoke, and didn’t care about anything or anyone around him. He was just existing. But the pain in his eyes she understood all too well. He was alone. He no longer fit into the perfect package.

  • Redemption story – This was a story that Glines has never really touched on. She’s always kind of stuck with the girls being absolutely perfect right from the beginning. They are just all naturally gorgeous, yet damaged and need saving. In this book, we have a main character who was actually known for being overweight, friendless, yet worked hard and actually lost the weight and gained only confidence, which I didn’t LOVE, but it was something different, which is what I wanted from Abbi this time around. ALSO, it wasn’t the girl that was damaged, it was the man that was a little damaged, and I loved it.
  • The relationship early on – I liked the relationship in the beginning. I thought they were super cute together, and I was really cheering them on. They had a pretty good bond, and I was happy to see that.
  • The writing – As always, the writing flows smoothly. Nothing really new here, I mean… I was able to read this in a day, so it really says a lot.
  • New Characters – We finally got to see new characters! The last 3 books I was in need of something new, and although we had to say goodbye to some of my favorite couples since they graduated, we were introduced to some new ones which definitely made me happy.
  • The whole youtuber bit – Okay… this just did not work for me. I get it, she’s trying to make it more relatable now that this series is getting a little more attention.. but seriously? If you read the acknowledgements, she actually says she knows nothing about vloggers and had to get information from her daughter. It literally sounded like she just took Jake Paul, and slapped him in a few pages to make this book go a little longer.
  • They just needed to communicate – UGH! I swear.. I hate when couples just can’t communicate in books. Their WHOLEEEEE problem would have been solved if one could just listen to the other. It was the most frustrating last few pages of my life.
  • The character death – Okay, so this may be a little spoiler-y, but yes there is a character death… but tbh, there’s usually always a character death in Abbi’s books… so it really isn’t that big of a spoiler. I just hated how the character death was handled. It was confusing, didn’t make sense, it was just a mess.
  • Ending was rushed – Man was this ending RUSHED. She tends to do this in her books, but what was even worse was our two main characters barely had any good times in this book. She gave them very little time to be lovey/intimate with each other, then BAM problems, then BAM solution, then BAM book over. I need better endings Abbi!

☆☆☆/5

Sadly… this is my lowest rated book by Abbi. It sucks, but out of all the books I’ve read from her, and this is the worst rating? Not bad. I wouldn’t recommend this book specifically, but the series is fantastic, as well as Abbi’s other books too.


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Top Ten Tuesday #10: Unpopular Book Opinions

Hello everyone and it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Wow! I’ve done 10 of these already. Honestly I’m so happy I’ve been sticking to this weekly meme. I love making lists, love talking about books. It just works for me.

This was an idea created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules basically go a little like this:

  1. Jana creates a new topic every Tuesday to make your list, and you create your own Top Ten (or three, or five, or twenty, however many you choose!)
  2. Link back your posts to That Artsy Reader Girl so when others read your post, they’ll know where to go to get more info about future upcoming topics.
  3. There is a linky widget on Jana’s Top Ten Tuesday post so other’s can see your post as well as you being able to check out everyone else’s! So definitely leave your links!
  4. Don’t be afraid to add your own twist to it!

This week’s topic: Bookish Unpopular Opinions


(1) I don’t like the love relationship between Billy & Daisy (Daisy Jones & The Six)

Honestly, I got really mad when they started to lean towards a love relationship. When they were about to kiss I was screaming. A lot of people like them together, I am 100% a Camila fan. Camila and Billy forever lol.

(2) I love Fifty Shades of Grey

I get so much shame for this, but I loved these books when I read them. I don’t really like, take things too sensitively in books. Like yeah, was he a little crazy? Sure. As long as a book entertains me, I’m okay with that. This books was very interesting and addicting. I think this is my biggest unpopular opinion lol.

(3) Why are people so crazy over Harry Potter?

I never understood this! I’m glad I’ve read some of the books, they are great books. But why are some people literally obsessed with this series. People drop BIG money just for wands! Seriously??? I just never got that. Explain to me why that is the way it is lol.

(4) Re-tellings flop most of the time

Other than like two re-telling’s I’ve read (I’m looking at you Romanov and Fairest of All), when I see an author is writing a re-telling I kind of just roll my eyes and get real disappointed. The re-telling’s never come up to par with what I need it to be. PSA: You can’t make a Cinderella re-telling and have like no step-sisters, no evil mother. Just because your main character is a house maid DOESN’T mean she’s Cinderella lol.

(5) If a book doesn’t have LGBTQ+ rep or diverse characters, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad book

This is one that bothers me sometimes because, I feel like book community see’s a lack of diversity or LGBTQ+ rep in a book and want to shame it. I kind of take the book for what it is and run with it. If there’s diversity and plenty of rep, great! I love that, if there’s not, I’m not going to like lower my rating because of it. I may say I wanted to see more diverse characters, but if I have to give it a lower rating, it will most likely never be based on that. If I like a book, I like a book. Simple as that.


What are some of your unpopular bookish opinions?

Top Ten Tuesday #9: Books From My Favorite Genre

Hello everyone and it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday!

This was an idea created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules basically go a little like this:

  1. Jana creates a new topic every Tuesday to make your list, and you create your own Top Ten (or three, or five, or twenty, however many you choose!)
  2. Link back your posts to That Artsy Reader Girl so when others read your post, they’ll know where to go to get more info about future upcoming topics.
  3. There is a linky widget on Jana’s Top Ten Tuesday post so other’s can see your post as well as you being able to check out everyone else’s! So definitely leave your links!
  4. Don’t be afraid to add your own twist to it!

This weeks topic: Books From My Favorite Genre

Favorite Genre: Contemporary


(1) To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

(2) Love & Gelato – Jenna Evans Welch

Love & Gelato

(3) Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia

Eliza and Her Monsters

What’s your favorite genre?