I really truly hate that I’m writing this post right now but I have been pushing the inevitable for a little while now. I’m going on a hiatus from now until June 11th. Around a week after I take my last exam. It’s two months. It’s a long time. The longest I have ever been away from this blog. PLEASE DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME. I still have a couple guest posts going up but aside from that, I won’t be posting anything. And for a few reasons.
If you read my march wrap-up, you know that March was a very sucky month for me health wise, I was in pain for most of it and that left me bed bound, which means that I fell behind on school. Like, a lot. And that is stressing me out of my mind, I’m always anxious and on edge because I just have too many thing to do, blogging included and with how much studying I have to catch up on, I can’t do it all, I need to spend most my days studying if I don’t want studying for my exam to be an anxiety hell pit (which it always is, but I’m trying to minimize the damage). So Something had to go to keep my sanity. And blogging is that something.
In addition to that, all the built up stress and pressure made blogging not fun for me anymore. I started thinking of it as “have to” instead of “want to” and we all know that’s not good. At all. Where I’m at right now, I dread writing up posts, I do have ideas, and inspiration but it’s the will to sit in front of my computer spending two hours (I don’t have) on each post that stresses me out. Because I always have that little voice at the back of my head saying “this is time you’re wasting you could be spending on your neurology notes, or working on that genetics graph” and yikes. That voice is right and I must follow it.
The fact that I’m now dreading blogging is also affecting my reading, I’m always wanting to finish books faster, to write reviews and then thinking about what book to review next and read that one instead of reading the books I really want to read. And the books I really want to read right now are all favourites. So rereads. So books I’ve already reviewed. I’m going to take advantage of this hiatus to read books for myself, depending on my mood to try and find that pleasure in reading again. Which I’m sure will be back as soon as the pressure is gone.
I’m going to stop rambling here. I think I’m going to reply to comments and keep blog-hopping when I have down time while I’m gone because the only thing I have an issue with a the moment is the actual act of writing posts. And if you’re interested in seeing more of me, follow me on Instagram @wordwoonders because I’ll still be active on there.
Love y’all! And hope you all still be around when I’m back ❤
Publication date : May 8th, 2018
Publisher : Flux
Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy
Page Count: 320
Synopsis : Teenager Leila’s life is full of challenges. From bouncing around the foster care system to living with seasonal affective disorder, she’s never had an easy road. Leila keeps herself busy with her passion for environmental advocacy, monitoring the Urban Ecovists message board and joining a local environmental club with her best friend Sarika. And now that Leila has finally been adopted, she dares to hope her life will improve.
But the voices in Leila’s head are growing louder by the day. Ignoring them isn’t working anymore. Something calls out to her from the grove at Fairmount Park. (From Goodreads)
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A while back (a very long while back, yes… i’m very on top of things shhhh) I had asked on Twitter if people would be interested in seeing how I organise my reading and blogging because I have a few tips and tricks, but mostly a ridiculous amount of spreadsheets, and quite a few people said yes so here I am, an eternity later finally getting around to talking about it all.
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March has been quite the rough month for me to be honest in all aspects of life, mentally, physically, life-ly, you think about it, I was having a hard time at it. Buuuut I had some decision making to do and once that was done I started feeling a bit better and things started looking up so let’s cross our fingers, they keep doing that way. Continue reading
Publication date : April 3rd, 2018
Publisher : Sky Pony Press
Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary
Page Count: 224
Synopsis : Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby has stayed focused on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a prized internship at her favorite local boutique, she’s thrilled to take her first step into her dream career. She doesn’t expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Abby knows it’s a big no-no to fall for a colleague. She also knows that Jordi documents her whole life in photographs, while Abby would prefer to stay behind the scenes.
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For this month’s recommendations I chose Books with Depression representation. There was no mystical reasoning behind it, I just thought that there isn’t enough mental health talk and featuring more books with it -centering it or not. I already did Anxiety and I’m slowly making my way but let me tell you, this list was way harder to gather than I originally anticipated. Depression in books isn’t that common to begin with and a lot of books seem to go about it the wrong way so actually finding some that are good was quite the struggle, not gonna lie. And even then, the number of books I was able to find isn’t that impressive.
I will try to include content warnings for as many of them. The ones that I couldn’t find content warnings for will have a (*) in front of their titles.
First of all, thank you so much to Fadwa for having me on her fantastic blog – it really means the world to me to be able to write on her platform.
A note: there are trigger warnings for suicidal thoughts in this post. Continue reading
Series: The Forbidden Hearts #2
Publication date : November 28th, 2017
Publisher : Avon Books | Harpercollins
Genre : Adult | Romance
Page Count: 368
Synopsis : Oe wasn’t supposed to fall in love with his brother’s widow…
Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Jackson Kane fled his home, his name, and his family. Ten years later, he’s come back to town: older, wiser, richer, tougher—and still helpless to turn away the one woman he could never stop loving, even after she married his brother.
Sadia Ahmed can’t deal with the feelings her mysterious former brother-in-law stirs, but she also can’t turn down his offer of help with the cafe she’s inherited. While he heats up her kitchen, she slowly discovers that the boy she adored has grown into a man she’s simply unable to resist.
An affair is unthinkable, but their desire is undeniable. As secrets and lies are stripped away, Sadia and Jackson must decide if they’re strong enough to face the past…and step into a future together. (From Goodreads)
Publication date : September 5th, 2017
Publisher : Flatiron Books (Macmillan)
Page Count: 384
Synopsis : At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother. Continue reading
This post has been a long time coming, hasn’t it? Through all the years that reviewers and authors have been interacting, there have been slip-ups, hurtful and even maybe dangerous behaviours happening. So I decided to give my two cents and set some records straight, giving myself and everyone some guidelines that *I think* are important to respect. This is going to be a two parts thing but I don’t know just yet when the second part will be going up. For now I will focus on authors, but will adress reviewers in the next one.