Weekend Wrap Up // May 17, 2019

Weekend Wrap Up // May 17, 2019

Happy Friday, everyone!

I know I posted this song last week, but now there’s a video and it’s seriously cute. I suggest you take a gander as Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber have some fun in front of a green screen.

I feel like there’s a trend of dudes creating music in honor of their significant others. With “Sucker” and now this, it feels like everyone is so happy to be married and in love. Maybe it’s just me, but I love me a good love anthem.

Links I Loved

The best news I heard this week (and the bar was pretty low this week, thanks America) is The Hating Game being turned into a movie! YAY! If you haven’t read The Hating Game, it’s a romcom written by Sally Thorne with an enemies-to-lover storyline. I love me some enemies to lovers and this book is definitely worth the purchase. While I’m not fully on board with the casting,

Riverhead is currently working to get Jacqueline Woodson’s new novel (Red at the Bone) into the hands of #ownvoices readers. Wow. I mean, wow. This is next level of the reader game. Many diverse readers have been slighted recently because of their numbers and books have been given out to a more white audience. This is a bad look especially since #ownvoices reviewers are able to talk to the nuances of a story. I think Riverhead taking the initiative to get a highly-anticipated novel into #ownvoices hands is the future. We should stop worrying about the number of followers someone has and more on how they can provide interesting insight into their reviews.

This recipe for the perfect peanut sauce. I made Pinch of Yum’s peanut sauce earlier this week to make a delicious and quick Pad Thai for lunch. The sauce is so umami with tons of peanut buttery goodness that I’ll be using the sauce to make a curry later this week. It’s definitely great to try unless you have a peanut allergy.

The Bachelorette started this week! I know people aren’t fans of The Bachelorette, but if you look at this as another fictional drama (where you have to admit, some of these personalities are totally put on) then it’s more enjoyable to watch. I love the antics, the drama, and the vying for one person. There was definitely drama in that first day, which is new and surprising. I mean, I know most of those dudes probably has a girl back home waiting in the wings (which is gross), but I hope the one Hannah chooses doesn’t break her heart. I do hope that Hannah B finds love because her message back at the end of The Bachelor was the perfect message for all people looking for love.

Blog Posts of the Week

I posted my thoughts on With the Fire on High this week. Wow, that book was so great. With the Fire on High explores the story of a young woman named Emoni who is just about to start the rest of her life. She’s entering her final year of high school without a clear understanding of what she wants only to emerge from that year more grown up, more mature, and filled with more love. It also explores the teen mother theme, which was interesting because I don’t think I’ve read any YA with a teen mother as the main character. It brings a lot of perspective and insight when you see her try to juggle her work, school, and taking care of her daughter. But you also see a lot of love, which makes me happy too. You can find it here on Amazon.

I got a little silly and posted what my dream library would look like. It’s a little bit of silly blog posting, but I thought it would be nice to daydream a little this week.

My thoughts on The Poppy War are also on the blog. The Poppy War was so good and if you’re into military fantasy or getting started with fantasy, this might be a good place to begin. It’s not too overdone with the magic, the world is easy to follow, and the story moves. You might feel intimidated to start this one, but the story moves quickly especially with its descriptions of its battles and the short-tempered dialogue Rin has with her comrades.

What I’m Reading this Weekend

Ok, this whole month is messed up for me in terms of reading. I’ve been trying to read Asian/Pacific Islander authors, but I’ve also got my work books and I’ve got a whole pile of books I bought recently I want to get into. I’m also doing some book promotions this summer and want to actually read those too.

So I think I’m going to read Miracle Creek by Angie Kim this weekend. I’ve heard this book is mind blowing and definitely worth the read, so I’m going to do it. I’m going to read it, see what all the hype is about and maybe reassess how I choose my books for June. Sheesh.

Weekend Wrap-Up // April 19, 2019

Weekend Wrap-Up // April 19, 2019

Ok I was going to post  my jam of the week here, but I heard this new celebrity Earth Day song and I had to share because it’s so funny and so real. The one thing I stand for is the Earth, this planet that we all live on. Seriously, there’s no where for us to go if this planet dies or runs out of resources then it could be over for us. I’m a strong supporter for the Earth and its creatures, so I wish you all a good Earth Day.

This week was so busy and it’s not even done. Yesterday, I went to Knott’s Berry Farm with my husband to celebrate our anniversary. It was super cute and we ate all the boysenberry foods! We went on a few rollercoasters as well (Bucky loves rollercoasters) and enjoyed the little amusement park. Honestly, it was so cute and so much fun.

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I also went to the LA Festival of Books and Bart’s Books in Ojai County last weekend. I’ll be writing about both of these experiences sometime this weekend, but for now I leave you with this pic of me reading in the stacks of Bart’s Books

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Links I Love

Ian McEwan writes a science fiction novel, but doesn’t call it science fiction – So over the week, Ian McEwan did this interview with BBC where he talks about the potential books have to talking about issues humans face nowadays. He says all types of books and genres can really convey this except for science fiction.

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Seriously, this makes Ian McEwan sound like he’s living under a rock for the past 40 years. Science Fiction not only covers the human condition and real world problems, but also expands beyond it. I mean, NK Jemisin wrote her whole Broken Earth trilogy wondering what would happen to the world if we continue on living the way we have? If anything, science fiction and its elements have been helping authors write about human experiences for years. Let’s put you back under that rock, McEwan.

The Notre Dame fire – I don’t think I need to expand on this one especially since it’s something everyone saw in the news. The sad part is that funds to rebuild this beautiful building has already been provided while other churches, cities, and lives are still waiting for the funds to fix their beautiful buildings. Oh well.

Blog Posts This Week

This was a review-heavy week including my mid-month checkin. I’m sorry for the reviews, but it’s been a busy week trying to get as much work done before the weekend where I’ll be taking a step back to celebrate my wedding anniversary. But I do have some interesting books I shared and how I’ve been doing this month. I think blogging will change a little bit with my new job and its obligations. Don’t worry! I’m not going anywhere, but I do have to re-organize my life. Lol, what a surprise.

What I’m Reading This Weekend

Well, funnily enough, this weekend I’ll be focusing on my book for work. I’ll be reading Paranoid by Lisa Jackson. Are you a Lisa Jackson fan?

I’ve never heard of her, but looking at her bio it looks like she’s been around for a while with over 85 published books and a New York Times Bestseller. I mean, her reputation proceeds her and I’m excited to read her next thriller for my review job. Here’s some more about the book I’m reading:

There are people in Edgewater, Oregon, who think that twenty years ago, Rachel Gaston got away with murder.

Rachel still has no idea how a foolish teenaged game turned deadly—or who replaced her soft pellet air gun with a real weapon. When a figure leapt out at her from the darkness, she fired without thinking. Too late, she recognized her half-brother, Luke, and saw blood blooming around his chest.

Despite counseling, Rachel’s horrifying dreams about that night continue. Her anxiety contributed to her divorce from Detective Cade Ryder, though he blames himself too. But as Rachel’s high school reunion nears, she feels her imagination playing tricks, convincing her that objects in her house have moved. That there’s a hint of unfamiliar cologne in the air. That someone is tailing her car. Watching her home.

She’s right to be scared. And as connections surface between a new string of murders and Luke’s death, Rachel realizes there’s no escaping the past, and the truth may be darker than her worst fears …

What are you reading this weekend? Have you come across anything fun? Let me know!

Weekend Wrap-up // April 12, 2019

Weekend Wrap-up // April 12, 2019

Happy Friday! I heard this new song from Drax Project and Hailee Steinfeld, but I think this music video is life goals for me. I always imagine myself dancing down the street (sometimes more than just dreaming) and it feels exactly like this. I hope this new little bop gets you going and dancing down the street.

I’ll be heading to the LA Festival of Books tomorrow, which is my first time. I’m so excited about this and seeing my bookish friends and just hanging out. I do have my eyes on a few books, so I’ll pick those up if I see them. Mostly, I’m just there to see my friends and spend some time with bookish folks. If you’re in the LA area, make sure to take a mosey to the USC campus and hang with us!

I also received my first assignment as a book reviewer and it’s got to be the weirdest book I’ve ever read. However, I think I’ll need to get used to books like this one with my new job. Of course I’ll update you with what this experience has been next week. Let’s get to the rest of the week:

Links I Loved

This week felt like a big week of firsts. If you’re into science and space, then it was definitely a good week for you. My husband was overjoyed with everything from a successful space launch to the eye of Sauron floating in space.

  • First off, The Lion King trailer! When I was watching it, I was shocked how exact the shots were to the animated movie. I loved the realistic look of all the animals and even more, Timon and Pumba at the end of the trailer. I hope you enjoy that!
  • Everyone was talking about the first images of a black hole ever. Of course the first thing people thought of was the Eye of Sauron, because it legit looks like it. But the truth of it is that we’re seeing a black hole (one of the biggest mysteries of the universe) on camera. It’s like seeing a super private celebrity pop out of their house holding hands with someone you know they’re not regularly dating. It’s legit big, big news!

Blog posts from this week

This week, I updated y’all with my life for the next few weeks. I’m excited about reading and getting as much done as possible before I hit summer and reading only backlisted novels. Of course, there will be other books I’ll have to read for work, but most of the books I’ll read are ones I already own. It’s going to be an exciting time.

What I’m Reading This Weekend

Today I’ll be finishing The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz. I can already tell this will be an amazing book with so much intrigue and mystery. I’m honestly shook and I want to read everything by Tiffany Reisz. I’m also taking this book as a sign of my love of gothic novels. Is it because they’re like mini soap operas? Maybe.

It’s probably been too long since I’ve read a male author. I mean, I think the last time I read something by a guy was February and that was Marlon James’s Black Leopard, Red Wolf. However, Steven Rowley is a totally different writer. I have a feeling The Editor will entertain me until the very end.

Here’s what I’m reading this weekend:

How’s your weekend been?

Weekend Wrap-up // March 29, 2019

Weekend Wrap-up // March 29, 2019

It’s the last weekend of March and it felt like the longest week of March. Spring is most definitely in the air and if you’re in the LA area, then maybe summer is in the air as well.

Last weekend, I finally watched Baby Driver and absolutely loved it. If you’re a fan of movies like Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, then you’ll like this. Why? Because they’re the same director. Edgar Wright is incredible and creates these visual masterpieces set with a certain rhythm. Baby Driver did give me a little anxiety because it’s super high-paced with a lot of car chase scenes.

Anyway, I’m a huge fan of its soundtrack. The music Edgar Wright picked for the movie definitely had a rhythm to it that lended itself well to the way the movie is edited. I think you can appreciate the scene above and also, this song is a current favorite of mine.

Some personal news

The biggest news I’ve got for you this week is that I’m starting as a reviewer for Publisher’s Weekly! I think that this new job will be increasing my reads per month and I’ll actually be paid to write reviews! 

I think the only bad news here is that it’ll affect my current TBR methods. I might have to adjust my reading to only newly published books. Thank goodness I have my Backlist Book Club to keep me reading off my unread shelf. I’ll probably have to read more than my regular eight books a month. That’s okay! I’m happy to read more if that means I’ll be paid to do it.

In other news, I started working on my first summer reading guide. Squeals again! Since this is my first time putting the guide together, it won’t be the most perfect thing. All I know is that I want to read all the books on the list so I can give you my personal recommendations for the summer. Of course, the genres represented will be contemporary/literary fiction, science fiction, fantasy, a little romance, and a few thrillers. What are some things you would like to see on the guide?

I want my reading guide to be one of the ones you look to when you’re packing for vacation. It’ll be the one that you’ll want to check to help unwind as you watch the sun set. I can’t wait to share that with you!

Blog Post This Week

This week was all about the Backlist Book Club and updating you with book reviews. I guess the last and first week of every month are dedicated to posts heavy with what I’ve read, what I’ll be reading, and what I’m doing next. I think my favorite post from this week was my review of The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory. It’s most definitely going on the summer reading guide because is it really summer without reading romance?

What I’m Reading This Weekend

This weekend will probably be a light reading for me. I’ll be out and about in the beautiful summer air and hanging out with friends, so opportunities to hang out from the nook will be slim. So my weekend reads will consist of one book:

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

I do want to talk about this series and Sarah J Maas. Have you ever felt like you’ve outgrown an author? Sarah J Maas was the first fantasy author I explored. When I first started on bookstagram, I read A Court of Thorns and Roses. It’s a series that got me into reading more fantasy and I appreciate the series for being my gateway. But now that I’ve read more books and expanded my library, I’m not as interested in reading Sarah J Maas.

It’s kind of sad, but sometimes you just outgrow an author and what they write. I might read more later, but for now is to finish this series…soon. Then put Sarah J Maas on the read shelf indefinitely. Do you find certain authors you’ve just grown out of?

 

Weekend Wrap-Up // March 22, 2019

Weekend Wrap-Up // March 22, 2019

Recently I’ve been listening to Sunmi’s “Noir” on repeat. She’s this amazing artist coming from Kpop female group stock and now focusing her time on creating music that is both trendy and speaks to certain social issues.

For “Noir,” Sunmi tackles the “self harm” we all commit for social media. While we might not be hurting ourselves physically, the mental harm social media causes can really mess you up. I know it’s definitely messed with me. But despite that, this song is such an ear worm of sound. I hope you enjoy it too.

Here’s what’s happened this week:

Links I Love

  • The Florida Man Challenge – I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did, but I did. If you’re not sure why this challenge exists, let me explain it to you. In Florida, arrests are public record. That means everything from a night in the drunk tank to a giant drug bust makes the news. Almost every day, there’s something that happens in the most ridiculous way. The challenge requires you to google your birthday with the phrase “Florida man.” The reason for the phrase is obvious when you see the results.
  • Bill & Ted’s 3rd Adventure – I’m really excited about this one because I’m a huge fan of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. My motto in life is “be excellent to each other and party on, dudes!” Well, I don’t say it out loud but I like to live by that motto. When I found out that Bill and Ted will be returning, the first thing I said was “why?” I mean, Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are now middle aged. They can’t reprise the youthful roles of teenagers, so they’ll have to be adults. Will they actually be normal humans or will they still be the boys of Wyld Stallyn?
  • The new trailer for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – My husband and I are huge Quentin Tarantino fans. I think one of our first dates was to see Django Unchained (which happens to be one of my husband’s favorite films). So I was super excited to see Tarantino coming out with a new movie especially one that centers on Hollywood during the 1960s-1970s. It specifically centers around the celebrities victimized by Charles Manson and the Manson family.

Blog Posts This Week

I started the week off with a mid-month checkin and ended it with thoughts on Booktube. My topics on the blog are scattered, but it is a direct reflection of my scattered brain.

What I’m Reading This Weekend

I’ll admit that this week’s reading was not my favorite. I read two super heavy books about immigrants in America. One of which hit a little closely to home and I spent an afternoon crying. Don’t worry about me, though! I’m okay, or at least I’ll be okay. This weekend, I have a book club meeting so I plan on spending today listening to one book and then I’m taking the rest of March off and reading books I want to read.

Bad Blood is currently making some waves on the Internet due to the HBO documentary on Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. If you’re not aware of this story, this is a nonfiction about a startup company called Theranos. It was supposed to be THE company that would disrupt the healthcare system making it affordable for people to blood test at home. However, the system actually doesn’t work and what happened was a desperate CEO covering up the biggest scandal ever. Here’s a link to the documentary on HBO.

I wanted to originally read The Bride Test last weekend, but couldn’t fit it in. Now that my week of heavy reads is over, I want to reward myself with something a little lighter. I absolutely loved The Kiss Quotient and I’m excited to read this next.

What will you be reading this weekend?

 

Weekend Wrap-Up // March 8, 2019

Weekend Wrap-Up // March 8, 2019

Hey everyone!

We’ve finally reached another weekend. I’m most excited about this one because I’ll be heading off to San Diego for a little weekend away. I want to check out a new city, skateboard on their boardwalk, spend some time baking in the sun, watch my husband surf, and visit bookstores

The big bookstore I’m most excited about is Warwick’s. It’s the one bookstore so many of you suggest whenever I think about going to San Diego. I’m going there and I might buy myself a tote bag or a t-shirt to commemorate my time there.

I do hope you get to spend some time at a bookstore either on vacation or in your hometown. I’m realizing more how important it is to support local business, but also independent bookstores. So many times I’ve been burned by Amazon and buying anything from them. I want to dedicate myself to putting my money towards causes that actually care about books.

Links I Loved

Blog Posts from the Week

I’m starting to finally feel like my reading is picking up again and my writing will follow. This week, I’ve posted about my wrap up, my book haul, and pencils. LOL, what a fun little week it’s been. I’ll include links below in case you’ve missed them (of course):

What I’m Reading This Weekend

Since I’ll be in San Diego, I want to bring something with me that’s fun and interesting. I think I’ll also be bringing my Kindle because the drive to San Diego will be short and from our plans, it sounds like we’ll be too busy to actually chill and read. I think the Kindle will be good to pack for any lulls within our plans. I’ll be bringing along:

I’m most excited about Bad Blood because it’s about a billionaire tech mogul who lied about her ability to test blood at home and got super caught. Isn’t it funny how one lie can build and become numerous lies and then you find yourself trapped in a web of frustration, lawsuits, and bankruptcy? Yeah, me neither.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead is my highly anticipated read of 2019. It hasn’t published yet, but after I finished reading The Underground Railroad, I wanted to read more from him. This one isn’t about slavery, but civil rights. I know this will move me, but it will also be creative in the way Colson Whitehead always is.

The others are early ARCs and I might not get to them, but I love having these options available for me. This goes double when I’m carrying my Kindle.

What are you reading this weekend?

Have a great weekend!

Simone