Forever Friday · Weekly Themes

Forever Friday (May 19)

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Forever Friday is a weekly theme started by Weezie @ Weezie’s Whimsical Writings, where you’re to talk about a book you think you’ll love forever!

The Book

30653853THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is.

Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

Why I Love It

This book is just incredibly amazing on all fronts. The main character, Molly, is allowed to be fat, own her fatness, and isn’t required to get skinny in order to get the guy and be the heroine of her own story. Not to mention the love interest is fat too! Reid is the Softest, most lovable boy.

Also, queer identity is so vital to this story, even though Molly herself isn’t queer. She has two moms (bisexual and lesbian), her sister is queer, and there is a pansexual love interest for Molly’s sister. These labels, as well as asexual, are all used on page and viewed positively! There’s no jokes or derogatory comments about anyone’s sexual identity, and honestly, it was a giant breath of fresh air.

Taking medication for mental illness is also normalized in the text of the book, as it’s mentioned multiple times that Molly takes meds for her anxiety! And all the women in the novel are incredibly unique and lovable in their own ways, and I love them all.

There is so much to love with this book and I’m eternally grateful to Becky Albertalli to writing it.

Diversity Spotlight Thursday · Weekly Themes

Diversity Spotlight Thursday – Nonfiction

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly book meme that was started by my amazing, lovely friend Aimal over at Bookshelves and Paperbacks! The We Need Diverse Books movement is something that is incredibly close to my heart, so I hope to share some new books with you each week so you can diversify your reading. Each week will feature a specific theme, and I look forward to seeing recs from y’all as well!

Diversity Spotlight will take place every Thursday, and it will be featuring three books in any given week:

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

This week’s theme is NONFICTION!

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Waiting On Wednesday · Weekly Themes

Waiting On Wednesday (May 17)

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY

Hey, y’all! For Waiting On Wednesday this week, we’ve got SAINTS AND MISFITS by S.K. Ali!

31123249Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen.

How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.

And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.

While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?


This book sounds like so much fun, and the cover is so pretty! I cannot wait to read it.

What are you waiting for?

Top Ten Tuesday · Weekly Themes

Top 10 Tuesday – Characters I Relate To!

TOP TEN TUESDAY

For Top 10 Tuesday this week, I’m going to share some characters I relate to!

  1. Braeden Tennant (27 Hours, Tristina Wright) – Braeden is constantly sarcastic and sassy, but knows when to be serious and loves his friends with his whole heart. He’s sometimes confused about his place and role in life, and he can be insecure but very rarely lets those insecurities shine through. He would do anything for the people he loves and has a strong urge to protect.
  2. Molly Peskin-Suso (The Upside of Unrequited, Becky Albertalli) – I want to be Molly when I grow up. She’s confident and beautiful and owns her fatness. She’s fun and energetic and yet another character who loves her family and friends with her whole heart and would do anything for them.
  3. Nick O’Flaherty (Cut & Run/Sidewinder series, Abigail Roux) – Oh. Oh Nicko, my precious baby. Nick is broken and cracked in so many different spots, taped and stitched and glued back together by his friends and his own hands. He feels like he could finally shatter at any given moment, and fuck if I don’t know how that feels. We both need to be needed, and a lot of our self-worth is based on the opinions and love from our friends, people we would do anything for. (I’m beginning to sense a pattern.)
  4. Grey Jean-Marcelin (Shatterproof, Xen Sanders) – Depression tries so hard to smother Grey and myself. Somehow we manage to come out from under and deal. Some days, I’m not sure how I do it, but I do know that Grey helped me to feel less alone.
  5. Valdrin Leka (Concourse, Santino Hassell) – My demisexual prince. I heavily identify with his struggle to find labels that fit, to feel less alone and less weird and broken. Not only that, but I see myself in his desperate need to take care of his sister and best friend, to make sure they’re cared for, even to the detriment of himself.
  6. Bailey Chen (Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge, Paul Krueger) – Bailey is the perfect epitome of the wandering millennial. She’s home after graduating college, desperate for a good job, and seemingly settles for a dead end job for the moment. That has been my state of existence for a few years now, and I hope to be able to drag myself out of that slump like Bailey did.
  7. Grace Glasser (How to Make a Wish, Ashley Herring Blake) – She’s still trying so hard to really find herself for most of the novel, and that’s something I continue to struggle with as well. (Also, there’s some more personal reasons that you can find in my review over on Just Love Reviews.)
  8. Abby (Thaw, Elyse Springer) – Abby is so comfortable in her asexuality and so am I! I strive to feel as comfortable in my skin as her, and it really helped to see a character who doesn’t feel like something is wrong with her because she’s ace-spec.
  9. Nina Zenik (Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo) – Much like Molly, I relate to Nina because she’s fat and unapologetic about it. I try really hard to be the same way, so I use the two of them as inspiration for myself.
  10. David Butler (Sunset Park & Interborough, Santino Hassell) – Fuck if this man isn’t messy as hell. I see a lot of my insecurities and desperation in David. We both so desperately want to be loved and needed and constantly need reassurance that we aren’t about to be tossed to the side for something shinier or better.

So! These are 10 characters I relate to! Who are some of yours?

Makeup Monday · Weekly Themes

Makeup Monday (May 15)

MAKEUP MONDAY

The Book

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SHADOWS & DREAMS (Kate Kane, Paranormal Investogator, #2) by Alexis Hall

Second rule in this line of business: be careful who you kill.

My name’s Kate Kane. And right now, I don’t know which is more dangerous: my job, or my girlfriend. My job makes me the go-to girl for every supernatural mystery in London. My girlfriend’s an eight-hundred-year-old vampire prince. Honestly, I think it’s probably a tie.

A few weeks ago, I was hired for a simple missing person case. Next thing I know, I’m being arrested for murder, a vampire army is tearing up London, and even my dreams are out to get me. Something ancient, evil, and scary as hell is on the loose and looking for payback. The vampires are in chaos, the werewolves are culling everything, and the Witch Queen can’t protect everyone.

Which means it’s down to me. And all I’ve got to hold back the shadows is a stiff drink, a quirky sidekick, my creepy ex-boyfriend, and the woman who left me for a tech startup. It’s going to be another interesting day.

This title is #2 of the Kate Kane, Paranormal Investigator series.

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The Makeup

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Our mind-blowing formula delivers unmatched performance in a stunning array of shades.

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• Soft, amazingly velvety texture
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• Long-lasting, crease-free wear

The secret to the new formula is our Pigment Infusion System™, a vehicle for color that holds tightly to pigment and gives the formula its glide. The proprietary blend of ingredients allows color to weave itself through the Eyeshadow formula. What does all that mean? Insane payout. Color that stays on your lids. Sparkle that doesn’t fall. And a velvety, suede-like smoothness and blendability.

This amazing technology works for every shade and finish. Have you ever had trouble blending a black or purple shade? How about a matte? Every Urban Decay shade goes on silky, blends easily and stays put.

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Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eyeliner Vinyl is a high pigment black liquid liner that glides on easily and dries quickly to an ultra shiny, vinyl sheen. It’s never been easier to create any line style ranging from slender to full, thanks to an extremely fine felt-tip point and easy grip handle. The waterproof and smudge-proof formula delivers unstoppable, stunning intensity in one stroke.

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UntitledLITTLE DENIM DRESS Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick by NYX Cosmetics

Doll up your lips in plush and vibrant color! Our Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick glides on and sets into a striking matte finish. Now available in 12 more velvety-soft shades, this waterproof lippie creates a positively polished look with every swipe.

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday · Weekly Themes

Diversity Spotlight Thursday – Trans & Nonbinary MCs!

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly book meme that was started by my amazing, lovely friend Aimal over at Bookshelves and Paperbacks! The We Need Diverse Books movement is something that is incredibly close to my heart, so I hope to share some new books with you each week so you can diversify your reading. Each week will feature a specific theme, and I look forward to seeing recs from y’all as well!

Diversity Spotlight will take place every Thursday, and it will be featuring three books in any given week:

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

This week’s theme is TRANS & NONBINARY MAIN CHARACTERS!

Continue reading “Diversity Spotlight Thursday – Trans & Nonbinary MCs!”

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WWW Wednesday (May 10)

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly theme/meme originally created by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam Ann Elizabeth over at Taking On A World of Words. I will being doing this every other week, with the Wednesday in between dedicated to Waiting On Wednesday.

The Three Ws are:
1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

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Saturday Tea & Romance · Weekly Themes

Saturday Tea & Romance!

SATURDAY TEA & ROMANCE

Back again for more tea and romance recs! I hope you enjoyed the ones from last week!

The Tea

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PASSION FILTERBAG TEA by TAZO & Starbucks

An exuberant herbal infusion of hibiscus, orange peel, rose hips and passion fruit flavors.

Description: De-beige your day, one cup at a time. Tart rose hips and citrusy lemongrass woo the voluptuous blooms of hibiscus flowers. An infusion that’s bursting with life and tinged with the color of true love to make sure you never have to live a day without passion.
Tasting Notes: juicy berry, wine-like, earthy
Ingredients: hibiscus flowers, natural tropical flavors, citric acid, licorice root, orange peel, cinnamon, rose hips, lemongrass, fruit juice extract (color)

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The Book

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COMPLEMENTARY & ACUTE by Ella Lyons

It’s Anabelle Horton’s senior year at Dearington Boarding School, and everything is exactly as she wants it. She’s captain of the Number Ninjas, her schedule is perfect, and her best friend Jacqueline Flores is going to be right by her side for all of it. But on the first day back at Dearington, Jac throws a wrench in Anabelle’s tidy plans. Not only has she rearranged her classes and dropped Number Ninjas, she’s joined the Girls who Like Girls Program, leaving Anabelle’s entire schedule in upheaval.

Jac is never around anymore, and when she is, she’s got new friends (who Anabelle hates) or she’s running off to a lecture on alternative footwear. Anabelle is left to deal with the changes on her own, and suddenly, Jac’s inability to keep their dorm room tidy is the very least of Anabelle’s problems.

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Flashback Friday · Weekly Themes

Flashback Friday! (May 5)

FLASHBACK FRIDAY (BLUE)

Today’s book is one that is really important to me and I would implore everyone to read: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. It takes place in the Deep South, and the main character is a girl named Cassie. Her family is one of the very few Black families in and around her town who own the land they live on.

The first time I read this book, I was in sixth grade. Back then, I don’t think I fully recognized the brutal truths and realities Cassie and her family, friends, and neighbors were faced with, outside of a basic sense of “these white people are treating Black people really badly,” but I knew this book was important.

My copy of ROT, HMC is well-worn and still has a place on my bookshelves, but it’s been years since I’ve read it. My perceptions of privilege and race have changed a lot since I was in elementary school, so I think it may be time for a reread soon.

THE BOOK

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ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY by Mildred D. Taylor

Why is the land so important to Cassie’s family? It takes the events of one turbulent year—the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she’s black—to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family’s lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride—no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away.

Diversity Spotlight Thursday · Weekly Themes

Diversity Spotlight Thursday – Black MCs!

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly book meme that was started by my amazing, lovely friend Aimal over at Bookshelves and Paperbacks! The We Need Diverse Books movement is something that is incredibly close to my heart, so I hope to share some new books with you each week so you can diversify your reading. Each week will feature a specific theme, and I look forward to seeing recs from y’all as well!

Diversity Spotlight will take place every Thursday, and it will be featuring three books in any given week:

  1. A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
  2. A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
  3. A diverse book that has not yet been released

This week’s theme is BLACK MAIN CHARACTERS!

Continue reading “Diversity Spotlight Thursday – Black MCs!”