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Lover book tag!

Hey y’all. I know it’s been a while, but I’m really going to try to prioritize blogging….Starting now.

 

THE LOVER BOOK TAG!!!

Big shout-out to the original creator!

 

  1. I Forgot That You Existed– A character you would love to forget
    • Arthur from What if It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertali… no question.
  2. Cruel Summer– A perfect summer read
    • Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
  3. Lover– OTP
    • Controversial: Harry and Draco…#sorrynotsorry
  4. The Man– An amazing female character
    • Soft: Hazel from Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
    • Badass: Juilette from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  5. The Archer– A Fantasy world you would be willing to live in
    • The wizarding world of Harry Potter….DUH
  6. I Think He Knows– Most loved book on your shelf
    • DEFINITELY The Fault in Our Stars by John Green…all you have to do is look at it and you know how much I love it
  7. Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince– Favorite Forbidden Romance
    • SIMON SNOW AND TYRANNUS BASILTON GRIMM-PITCH (from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell)
  8. Paper Rings– A book lover you would marry
    • Either Baz or Nox from Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige….maybe throw in Cole from Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter….WHAT I LOVE MY BROODY BOYS
  9. Cornelia Street– A book set in a place you would love to visit or love visiting
    • Okay, so I didn’t like this book, but Again, but Better by Christine Riccio because I would love to visit London and I absolutely love visiting New York, both of which are the settings. T
  10. Death by a Thousand Cuts– A book that made you into a puddle of mush
    • Okay I’m kind of confused at what kind of mush it is…
    • Cute mush– Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
    • Sad mush– All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  11. London Boy– your favorite British character
    • Ronald Weasley…I would DIE for him
  12. Soon You’ll Get Better — Deals with sickness (mental or physical)
    • What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard… this is seriously one of the best eating disorder focused books I’ve ever read *MAJOR TW*
  13. False God– Sexiest romance you’ve read
    • yikes…um… maybe Dating you / Hating you by Christina Lauren?
  14. You Need to Calm Down– A book you fangirl about like no other when it’s mentioned
    • …..we are the ants….ITS MY BRAND OKAY
  15. Afterglow– Your favorite Villian you can’t help but love
    • Luke from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan.
  16. ME!– A book character you would want to play in the movie or TV adaptation
    • Samantha Mather from How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather otr Alex Craft from The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis.
  17. It’s Nice to Have a Friend– Favorite friends to lovers couple
    • Yikes…I’m definitely more of an enemies to lovers person. BUT I really loved Josh and Hazel from Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren and Emoni and Malachi from With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.
  18. Daylight– A book that left a lasting impression on you or you could not stop thinking about after you were finished.
    • There’s a lot, but I’m going to go with an oldie but a goodie– Stolen: a Letter to my Captor by Lucy Christopher.

I tag everyone reading this!

ilysb.

ej.

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witch-a-thon wrap up

Wow, did I fail!

Okay, so I knew I wasn’t going to read ALL of the books on my TBR, but damn I thought I’d read more than 3. That isn’t to say 3 books in a week is bad; it just isn’t what I was hoping for.

Alright. Wrap-up time.

I listened to These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling (2.5 stars), read a physical copy of Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince by JK Rowling (5 stars), and read the e-book of The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater (5 stars). Okay, having two 5 star reads isn’t THAT bad.

These Witches Don’t Burn fell super flat for me. If you don’t know, TWDB follows high school senior and elemental witch, Hannah while she tries to get over her ex-girlfriend Veronica, also an elemental witch in the same coven, and try to solve the mysteries around their town of Salem, MA. This isn’t a full review (I didn’t take enough notes for that) but my main issues were the pacing and the characters, or I guess just the main one. 

There were so many times where the plot would just drag and I would want to put it down; this happened specifically in the middle where Hannah was trying to figure out who the blood witch was. This lack of action may be due to the lack of development in Hannah’s character. From the first sign of trouble, she assumed a blood witch was to blame even with new developments proving the unlikelihood of that statement, her stance does not change. 

The main characters, while both likable and relatable, lacked the necessary depth to make these characters real. The only character I really liked was Veronica and, at times, Benton. Veronica had the Jade West vibe I need in a Salem book. Benton was just adorable. No one else really had a major part at all. Seriously they aren’t even worth mentioning.  

Basically, I thought this was going to be awesome and it was just kind of eh.

Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince…. need I say more? 5 stars

THE 57 BUS THOUGH HOLY CRACKERS. This book was incredible. It followed the true story of Sasha, an agender teen from Oakland, and Richard, a black male from the wrong side of Oakland. The story opens at the close with Richard setting Sasha on fire while on the 57 bus, then traces back to each teen’s backstory, how they ended up in that situation, and what happened after. Seriously this book was incredible. 5 stars.

Overall, not too shabby!

Honestly, I could’ve done better, but I was having a bad mental health week, so I’m not mad.

Hope y’all are having an awesome week!

❤ ej

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the witch is back! (witchathon tbr)

Welcome back! In case you forgot, hi. I’m ej. I sometimes post about what I read.

We’re going to really try to get back into blogging because honestly, I miss it.

WITH THAT SAID! Witchathon is in 2 days and runs from 10/24-10/31 and is hosted by crescent moon reads on Youtube. The full announcement video is here.

As I’m in my second year of college and it’s about midterms season, I may not get to all of these, but I’ll sure as hell try!

  1. Pick a book that features your heritage. Well, I’m white. Like. White white. So this could be basically any book, but I’m going to go with These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling.
  2. Sabbat is at a time when the veil is at its thinnest- pick a book that features communing with the dead. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab.
  3. Pick a book that promises to be dark and twisted. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz.
  4. Witches often make offerings to spirit guides or gods…Pick a book that involves a pantheon of deities. Undecided.
  5. Pick a book that as fire on the cover. The 57 bus by Dashka Slater.

Bonus Books:

The Halloween Tree //  Ray Bradbury; The Girl Who Drank the Moon; Kelly Barnhill; Pumpkinheads // Rainbow Rowell & Faith Erin Hicks.

Group book. Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir. (I will not be reading it but in case anyone wants to).

Let’s see how this goes!

-e.j.

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things i’ve read recently

So I know I haven’t been posting lately. It’s been a rough few weeks.

I’m sorry.

BUT I have been reading, even if I haven’t been reviewing. The reason I haven’t been reviewing is simple: I have no idea how to review audiobooks, children’s books, or rereads (I also am planning on a massive review of a full series soon).

I apologize for not posting, but really if anyone has tips for reviewing any of the aforementioned categories, help ya girl out.

Anyways, here’s a list of my 2019 reads that haven’t been reviewed as well as my ratings:

-Sideways Stories from Wayside School // Louis Sachar (reread. children’s book.) 3 stars

-Radio Silence // Alice Oseman (audiobook) 4 stars

-The Last Olympian // Rick Riordan (reread. mg) 4 stars

-My Favorite Half-Night Stand // Christina Lauren (audiobook) 3.5 stars

-The Princess Diaries // Meg Cabot (full series review coming soon) 3 stars

-We Have Always Lived in the Castle // Shirley Jackson (plan to reread then review) 4 stars

-Princess in the Spotlight // Meg Cabot     4 stars

-Princess in Love // Meg Cabot        3 stars

-Five Feet Apart // Rachael Lippincott (audiobook) 3 stars

-Junie B Jones: Boo…and I mean it! // Barbara Park (reread. children’s book) 4 stars

-The Hunger Games // Suzanne Collins (reread…may review?) 3 stars

-Pirates Past Noon // Mary Pope Osborne (reread. children’s book) 5 stars

 

I know. It’s a lot.

I’m sorry.

ej.

 

 

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my struggle with eating (lite): lent day 2

Hi.

I have an eating disorder.

It still feels weird to say. Yes, I am recovering from Anorexia Nervosa, meaning my relationship with food is what one would call, “not great.” I have always had a very small appetite, but when I was 13, I developed my eating disorder– only, I didn’t acknowledge it as one until I was 15-16. Eating has always just been hard for me.

Being a vegetarian didn’t help in the early years as I could just claim there was no vegetarian option and I would eat later…which I never did.  As I got older, vegetarianism actually became a major part of my recovery as eating didn’t harm another creature and I had to learn it wouldn’t harm myself either.

Being vegan for lent may be a challenge, but one I know I can overcome.

What I may not be able to overcome is my anxiety over a date I have tonight. We’re going out to eat, a thing I have never done on a date. I mean, yes, my ex-boyfriend and I did eat, but it was always takeout or drive-thru. Nothing major. This is a sit-down, eat dinner, and keep up a conversation date. I don’t know how prepared I am for that. In fact, I don’t even know how prepared I am to go on this date in general, but that’s another story.

Long story short: I wrote this post because I got really anxious and looked up every Indian food restaurant in the Mission District to figure out where we were going and what I’m going to order so I don’t have a panic attack at the restaurant.

Wish me luck?

ej.

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how i’m observing lent

For those of you who don’t know me, I grew up Christian. I am Christian still, however, I have updated my faith to suit me; in doing so, I incorporated astrology, energy, and whatever else makes sense to me. God is integral to my faith– I just believe He works with the universe and its power as opposed to being responsible for everything.

Wow, that was a heavy intro. Let’s veer away from the heavy stuff.

Lent.

For those unaware, lent is a, primarily Catholic, practice where one gives up something they cherish from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday. As a Christian, my church observes it different. We have a 40 day fast from the day following Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday.

So, I’m going vegan for 40 days.

I have always wanted to go vegan and if I can for 40 days, that would be awesome.
I’ll have updates on here periodically, not that I think anyone cares, but because it will keep me more accountable.

ok. bye.

ej