Map of the Soul: Persona RAMBLE

It’s comeback time! The new BTS album Map of the Soul: Persona is out and I couldn’t be more excited. I just started getting into BTS this year and was so excited for this release. It’s all I’ve been listening to lately and I’ve definitely watched the Boy with Luv music video 100 times. I decided I would talk about each song on the album individually so let’s get into it!

There’s seven songs and each one is perfection. I’m going to go in order, though!

  1. Intro : Persona

NAMJOON! Namjoon used to be my bias but honestly, it’s changed recently. Don’t tell him. This is such a strong rap opening for this album and I loved the teaser video they released for this song. It was kind of reminiscent of Skool Luv Affair but AH, Namjoon’s rapping in this is my favorite. The meaning is also so important.

My favorite lines:

“Actually I’m real good but a little uncomfortable
I’m still not so sure if I’m a dog or a pig or what else
But then other people come out and put the pearl necklace on me”

In this line, it’s said he’s talking about a statement made by Korea’s Ministry of Education’s policy bureau, Na Hyang-wook. “He claimed that 99% of South Korea’s people could be treated “like dogs and pigs” because they had no ability to move up in the world, therefore were simply being fed and kept alive. “

“The three syllables of my name and the word ‘but’ that should come before any of those”

If you’re not aware, he’s talking about the phrase “But, Namjoon” which became popular in the K-POP community to cover up what other K-POP artists have done by bringing up things Namjoon has done/said years ago.

 

2. Boy with Luv (ft. Halsey)

I can’t tell you the amount of times I streamed this music video and didn’t get tired of this song. I’m not a huge fan of Halsey’s newer music but I love her as an individual and think her voice matches this song perfectly. It’s not a strange collab — it sounds perfect. This is totally going to be one of my summer bops. I’m also so excited for locals to fall in love with this song and hopefully, BTS too. It’s been getting radio plays which is so exciting!

My favorite line:

“You’re the star that turns ordinaries into extraordinaries”

 

3. Mikrokosmos

This song is really, really cute. It totally would make me feel better whenever I’m sad. I’m glad they have a slower song on this album that I can cry to whenever I’m sad. Unfortunately, I don’t listen to this song as much as the rest of the album. But, it’s still a bop. This tweet sums up my feelings about this song:

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4. Make It Right

As of right now, this is one of my favorite songs on the album. I think this could play on the radio and do just as well (if not better) than any song of the current charts. I didn’t realize this was the song that Ed Sheeran worked with them on until after I had been listening to it over and over again. Now that I know, this sounds so much like an Ed Sheeran song except it’s better and done by BTS. They sound ANGELIC in this song and I love it so much.

My favorite lyrics:

“I know the sea without you is the same as a desert”

“This eternal night with no end in sight
It’s you who gifted me the morning”

 

5. HOME 

Listen, I LOVE this song. It’s in my top 3 (We’ll rank later) and I dance it to it everytime I hear it. Both J-Hope and Suga’s raps are so, so good. I hope people don’t sleep on this song because it’s the best. WITH YOU I’MMA FEEL RICH! is my favorite part if we’re being honest. This song kind of gives me 90s vibes and I’m not mad. While writing this, I forgot that this song is LITERALLY them calling Armys home. I CAN’T.

My favorite lyrics:

“Even if we have what I wanted in my dreams
Big house, big cars, big rings
The unfamiliar feeling of missing something as
Someone who has accomplished everything
But I go for the door since I have something to”

 

 

6. Jamais Vu

Wow, bilingual kings! I just want to fangirl but since this is a blog post, I’m going to try to be a little bit more serious but *~* i’m obsessed *~*

For those who don’t know, Jamais Vu is the opposite of Deja Vu. It’s “a sense of eeriness and the observer’s impression of seeing the situation for the first time, despite rationally knowing that they have been in the situation before”

This song displays their best vocals and the most beautiful lyrics, in my opinion. It’s such a special song and I’m so glad it’s included in this album. AGAIN, I love it so much. Also, J-Hope’s english and his rap in this. Ugh, king.

My favorite lyrics:

“A remedy, a melody
A memory that will be left just for me
If I stop right now
If I just turn it off, will all will be more comfortable?”

 

7. Dionysus

This is basically everyone’s favorite song right now but I don’t know?? It’s not my favorite but of course, it’s not bad. It’s still a bop. As Jin says, live like Dionysus! I love the lyrics of this song, they’re so clever. J-hope also owns this song. that’s all I have to say

 

RANKING AS OF RIGHT NOW:

  1. Make it Right
  2. Home
  3. Persona
  4. Boy With Luv
  5. Jamais Vu
  6. Dionysus
  7. Mikrokosmos

 

Again, I love this entire album. I bought the physical copy and it’s literally art. All the songs on this album are brilliant and you could bop to any of them. All the raps on this album slap and I’m so proud of my boys. Time to break more records!

 

One last thing before I go, stream the Boy with Luv music video. K, thanks.

ON MY RADAR → We Are Lost and Found by Helene Dunbar

On My Radar is a series I’ve been doing since I started blogging in 2016. I share with you books that may not have as much hype that I’m excited to read. I like sharing debut novels or books I just don’t think enough people are talking about. I usually find these books on Edelweiss and try to provide a review closer to the release date. I love doing these posts so I can boost some great books and help others find their next read!

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A poignant, heartbreaking, and uplifting, story in the tradition of The Perks of Being a Wallflower about three friends coming-of-age in the early 1980s as they struggle to forge their own paths in the face of fear of the unknown.

Michael is content to live in the shadow of his best friends, James, an enigmatic teen performance artist who everyone wants and no one can have and Becky, who calls things as she sees them, while doing all she can to protect those she loves. His brother, Connor, has already been kicked out of the house for being gay and laying low seems to be his only chance to avoid the same fate.

To pass the time before graduation, Michael hangs out at The Echo where he can dance and forget about his father’s angry words, the pressures of school, and the looming threat of AIDS, a disease that everyone is talking about, but no one understands.

Then he meets Gabriel, a boy who actually sees him. A boy who, unlike seemingly everyone else in New York City, is interested in him and not James. And Michael has to decide what he’s willing to risk to be himself.”

Guys, this book is exactly the type of reads I love. I cannot wait to finally start reading it so I can share with you my thoughts! I love coming of age novels so of course, I had to request this one. Also, it’s being compared to Perks of Being a Wallflower?? aka my favorite book so I have to read it. It’s literally all I want to read right now.

Edition: Hardcover
Page Count: 304 pages
Publication: September 3rd, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN13: 9781492681045
I was so kindly sent a copy of We Are Lost & Found by Source Books so I will have a review coming out near the release date! Stay tuned for that.

Pre-order this book at your local bookstore! Pre-orders help books out IMMENSELY.

 

 

Are you looking forward to this book now as well? Don’t forget to add it on Goodreads to help the hype!

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2019 YA Releases with POC Main Characters

1. Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali [April 30th, 2019]

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“A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.

An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.

But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry.

When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break.

Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her.

Then her path crosses with Adam’s.

Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister.

Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father.

Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals.

Until a marvel and an oddity occurs…

Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.”

Find out more on Goodreads.

 

2. If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann [June 4th, 2019]

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“High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she’s spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinner, which results in everyone feeling compelled to give her weight loss advice for her own good. Because they care that’s she’s “too fat.”

Winnie dreams of someday inheriting the diner—but it’ll go away if they can’t make money, and fast. Winnie has a solution—win a televised cooking competition and make bank. But Granny doesn’t want her to enter—so Winnie has to find a way around her formidable grandmother. Can she come out on top?”

Find out more on Goodreads.

 

3. The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert [August 20th, 2019]

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Perfect for fans of Nina LaCour and Nicola Yoon comes a novel about first love and family secrets from Stonewall Book Award winner Brandy Colbert.

Dove “Birdie” Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughter and follow the path her parents have laid out for her: She quit playing her beloved soccer, she keeps her nose buried in textbooks, and she’s on track to finish high school at the top of her class. But then Birdie falls hard for Booker, a sweet boy with a troubled past…whom she knows her parents will never approve of.

When her estranged aunt Carlene returns to Chicago and moves into the family’s apartment above their hair salon, Birdie notices the tension building at home. Carlene is sweet, friendly, and open-minded–she’s also spent decades in and out of treatment facilities for addiction. As Birdie becomes closer to both Booker and Carlene, she yearns to spread her wings. But when long-buried secrets rise to the surface, everything she’s known to be true is turned upside down.”

Find out more on Goodreads.

 

4. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Maritza Moulite [September 3rd, 2019]

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“Quick-witted high school journalist Alaine Beauparlant gets booted from her elite private school after an intricate prank goes cruelly awry. She warily accepts an invitation from her aunt to spend her suspension at the family’s estate in Haiti–where her estranged mom is recuperating from a political fiasco. In her homeland for the first time, Alaine is immediately put to work at her aunt’s start-up helping native children in need. Alaine meets locals, interacts with kids connected to donors, and is shown the ropes by Jason, a fellow intern whose charming ways are making work a bit more challenging. What she doesn’t expect to find are letters, articles, emails, and diary entries that she compiles into a final project that will not only save her academic standing in school, but also help her finally know the mother she’s never really understood.”

Find out more on Goodreads.

 

5. Color Me In by Natasha Diaz [August 20th, 2019]

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Debut YA author Natasha Díaz pulls from her personal experience to inform this powerful coming-of-age novel about the meaning of friendship, the joyful beginnings of romance, and the racism and religious intolerance that can both strain a family to the breaking point and strengthen its bonds.

Who is Nevaeh Levitz?

Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom’s family home in Harlem and is forced to confront her identity for the first time.

Nevaeh wants to get to know her extended family, but one of her cousins can’t stand that Nevaeh, who inadvertently passes as white, is too privileged, pampered, and selfish to relate to the injustices they face on a daily basis as African Americans. In the midst of attempting to blend their families, Nevaeh’s dad decides that she should have a belated bat mitzvah instead of a sweet sixteen, which guarantees social humiliation at her posh private school. Even with the push and pull of her two cultures, Nevaeh does what she’s always done when life gets complicated: she stays silent.

It’s only when Nevaeh stumbles upon a secret from her mom’s past, finds herself falling in love, and sees firsthand the prejudice her family faces that she begins to realize she has a voice. And she has choices. Will she continue to let circumstances dictate her path? Or will she find power in herself and decide once and for all who and where she is meant to be?”

Find out more on Goodreads.

6. I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest [June 4th, 2019]

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“”In a world where it’s easy to lose faith in love, I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE is a brilliant burst of light. A dazzling debut.” ― Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out

When Chloe Pierce’s mom forbids her to apply for a spot at the dance conservatory of her dreams, she devises a secret plan to drive two hundred miles to the nearest audition. But Chloe hits her first speed bump when her annoying neighbor Eli insists upon hitching a ride, threatening to tell Chloe’s mom if she leaves him and his smelly dog, Geezer, behind. So now Chloe’s chasing her ballet dreams down the east coast―two unwanted (but kinda cute) passengers in her car, butterflies in her stomach, and a really dope playlist on repeat.

Filled with roadside hijinks, heart-stirring romance, and a few broken rules, I Wanna Be Where You Are is a YA debut perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sandhya Menon.”

Find out more on Goodreads.

 

7. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal [May 14th, 2019]

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People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.”

Find out more on Goodreads.

 

8. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo [May 7th, 2019]

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With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.”

 

Find out more on Goodreads.

 

 

 

Are you looking forward to any of these? I’d love to know! I think I’m most excited about We Hunt the Flame!

Pre-order these books at your local bookstore! Pre-orders help these books out IMMENSELY.

 

 

 

 

7 Novels Coming to the Big Screen

There’s been so much book to movie adaptation news recently that I couldn’t help but make a list of some that I’m incredibly excited for.

 

1. Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu

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About the Movie: Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu was recently Paper Kite, a production company owned by both Amy Poehler and Brooke Posch. To get familiar with the production company, try watching Broad Girls on Hulu. It’s the best. Right now, the movie stands in the pre-production stage and it hasn’t been shared who is writing the screenplay. The release date is unknown.

To learn a little more about Moxie, here’s the book description:

“Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes and hallway harassment. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, so now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. Pretty soon Viv is forging friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, and she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.”

 

2. On the Come Up By Angie Thomas

downloadAbout the Movie: As you might already know, The Hate U Give was released in 2018 and raised 34.9 million USD in the box office. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas was picked up Fox who also adapted the Hate U Give. George Tillman Jr. is directing On the Come Up but there’s obviously no set release date yet.

To learn a little more about On the Come Up, here’s a description:

“Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families”

3. Looking for Alaska by John Green

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About the Show: Looking for Alaska was picked up by Hulu to be adapted into a mini-series. The main characters including side characters have already been cast. John Green has even made a video about them and with them on their Youtube channel, the Vlog Brothers. I’ll link them here. Miles is set to be played by Charlie Plummer and Alaska to be played by Kristine Froseth. Looking for Alaska had been owned by Paramount but they were apparently terrible towards John Green so now it’s not being made into a movie. It’s now being done by Hulu and I couldn’t be more happier. As for a release date, there isn’t one yet.

To learn a little more about the book, here’s a description:

“Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.”

4. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

reid_9781524798628_jkt_all_r1.indd About the Show: Amazon has picked up Daisy Jones & the Six to be a limited series on their streaming service, Amazon Prime TV. It has plans to be a 13 episode series made by both Amazon studios and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner. To get a feel of Reese Witherspoon’s production, watch Big Little Lies. As for the music, it’ll be made exclusively through Amazon Music. I can’t wait to hear Daisy Jones & the Six! This was recently announced so there’s no casting yet or release date.

Here’s a little bit more about the book:

“Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.”

 

5. Shadow & Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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About the Show: The Grisha trilogy is coming to Netflix! This was announced earlier this year. The two books that were mentioned specifically are both Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows. I’m not sure how they will connect but they plan to have a series set in the “Grisha-verse.” As far as I’m concerned, the series will be around eight episodes. It’s being produced by Eric Heisserer, Shawn Levy, and Pouya Shahbazian. There’s no release date or no set cast yet.

Here’s the book description: 

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.”

 

6. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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About the Movie: I’ve been following this movie announcement for so long. I read this book whenever it had come out in 2014 and I was so nervous when I heard the movie was going to be released. It’s currently in post-production but has a cast, director, etc. It’s being produced by Echo Lake Entertainment and FilmNation entertainment but is to be distributed by Netflix. Elle Fanning was cast to play the main character back in 2014 but recently, Justice Smith was cast to play Theodore Finch. Jennifer is co-writing the screenplay with Liz Hannah. There isn’t a set release date but I’m guessing sometime this year or 2020?

Here’s a little more about the book:The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die.
 
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.”

 

7. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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About the Movie: Fox announced they own the rights to Turtles in December of last year. This is John Green’s most recent book release and apparently, his most personal. I read this book and loved it dearly so I can’t wait to see how it’s done in movie format. Hannah Marks, the youngest studio director in history, is directing this film. She’s 25. This is very early in the process so there is no set cast or release date!

If you haven’t read Turtles, here’s the description: “It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.”

 

 

Now, movies are always uncertain so some of these projects could fall through. I have faith in them, though! I also want to note that there’s obviously so many more adaptations coming out but I’m most excited about these ones. I might end up making another post to share the rest.

 

Have you read any of these books? Are you more excited or nervous about the movie adaptations?

House Plant Tour | April 2019

As you might know, I have a little bit of a indoor plant addiction. It started off with just buying myself a Peperomia after my childhood dog has passed as a way to commemorate him. I know, it’s a little bit weird but that’s what I felt like doing that day. This Peperomia was so cute but unfortunately, I barely knew how to tend to the plant so eventually it got root rot and died. What a sad story, I know. But, it’s okay!

I learned more about house plants and decided to get more Peperomias. I picked Peperomias because they’re non-toxic to animals of which I have many. I have gone through some plants and gotten more. I once had a fern that died quickly due to God knows what, a Calathea that died due to not enough humidity and the water I used to water it with, a palm that fell to it’s death due to my cats who loved it dearly… Yet, I still buy plants and try my hardest to keep them alive. The winter was hard on some of my plants (RIP my Calathea) so they’re not looking their best at the moment but they’re all healthy and growing which is good.

I just wanted to add a little disclaimer: I am not perfect when it comes to taking care of plants. I don’t know a lot about plants but I do know enough to keep the ones I currently have alive. I’m not an expert!

Without further ado, let’s get into some plants!

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1. Air Plant/Sky Plant

Scientific Name: Tillandsia Ionantha

Right here, we have my air plant! These plants are sometimes called Sky plants but the scientific name is Tillandsia Ionantha. They’re native to Central America and Mexico so they love the sun and don’t require much water. As you can see, they don’t have much of a root system and don’t require soil to grow. They thrive on humidity and prefer to be lightly sprayed with water instead of drowned in it.

My mom got me this little plant for my birthday and it’s so easy to take care of. I might say even easier than a succulent. 🙂

 

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Scientific Name: Peperomia Obtusifolia Variegata

The Peperomia (sometimes called baby rubber plants) were the first kind of house plants I got. They’re non-toxic to animals so you often see them on lists of great indoor plants you can have with dogs and cats. They love the sun and prefer to be dried out before being watered again. These plants are prone to get root rot because they hate to end up sitting in water. They’re commonly found in Southern and Central America but are native to places like Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean. This specific one that I have is the Peperomia Obtusifolia!

I actually have two of these but they both look a little rough. The first one was also a gift

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to me and seemed to be in bad shape whenever I had bought it. The second one had to be trimmed down during the winter due to dying leaves?? I’m not sure what went on with it because it’s doing great now and has new leaves coming in.

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3. Jelly Peperomia

Scientific Name: Peperomia Clusiifolia

This is my favorite house plant. It has pink edges as you can kind of see. It’s easier to tell in the second picture but they’re the cutest. It’s never given me problems, either. It’s consistently growing as you can see. I recently re-potted it due to it outgrowing the other pot. If you can see the dark spot to the right of the plant, it’s actually a burn from being on the window. Most of my plants actually sit on an Ikea plant stand I’ll link later on in this post. I don’t remember why I had moved it to the window that day but it had burned a leaf. It’s doing great, still. I only put them in the window to take these pictures. 🙂
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During the making of this post, my plants got fungus gnat infestations from a new ZZ plant I recently bought. They’re recovering now and are fungus gnat free but I’m going to have to take new pictures later of my bigger peperomia because it suffered the most. I also lost my second fern again. RIP Fern. I’ll never buy another one because God only knows how to keep them alive and healthy. As for now, let’s continue with my last plant!

 

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4. Snake Plant

Scientific Name: Sansevieria Trifasciata

I’m pretty sure this is a pretty standard snake plant you can find almost anywhere. I bought it with those two leaves cut like that, unfortunately. It’s doing well for a snake plant. There hasn’t been any new growth lately but it’s fine. I also have no idea how to keep this plant from looking lopsided. I’ve repotted since and it’s still sideways. The soil is tight enough but who knows. This also had gnats recently but it has survived! I love it. Also, yes, that’s my dying fern in the corner. It’s long gone. RIP Fern.

 

 

 

March 2019 Playlist

Here’s a list of all the songs I listened to on repeat in March! I love making monthly playlists to look back on. If you’re looking for some new jams, here’s a few. 🙂

iii. mars

lookalike – conan gray

sucker – the jonas brothers

wish you were gay – billie eilish

in my head – ariana grande

waterfalls – TLC

if i were a boy – beyonce

vacation town – the front bottoms

bury a friend – billie eilish

albums I had on repeat:

  • Heathers (the Musical)
  • Thank U, Next – Ariana Grande
  • Going Grey – The Front Bottoms
  • WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? – Billie Eilish

 

March 2019 Wrap Up

Ah, I’m finally reading again! I actually read enough to make a wrap up for this month. I don’t know about you but March felt like forever. It must’ve been because I read six books this month! I know it may not seem like a lot to some, but I’ve been going through a serious slump so this is enough for me. Luckily, I enjoyed them! Let’s talk about each one individually, shall we?

So, the first book I read this month was:

1. Becoming by Michelle Obama

I listened to this on audiobook and loved it. The audiobook is quite long but it was worth it. I’d listen to it while cleaning, driving to work, going to bed, etc. I eventually switched from audiobook to the physical copy near the end because it was so enticing and interesting that I just had to read it faster. I truly loved learning about her life and I wrote a mini-review about it. I’ll link it here!

Edition I read: both Audiobook and Physical copy

Date Started and Finished: March 2nd to March 5th

Rating: 5/5 stars ★★★★★ (How can I give the best first lady less than 5 stars?)

My Review | Goodreads Progress

2. Saga vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

I finally got around to reading the latest edition of Saga and honestly, I’m shocked. I can’t believe there’s a year long hiatus until the next one. They really ended it like that, eh? I have a review for this as well! Don’t worry, there’s no spoilers 🙂

Edition I read: Physical Copy

Date Started and Finished: March 9th

Rating: 5/5 stars ★★★★★

My Review | Goodreads Progress

3. Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

I was lucky enough to request this arc on Netgalley and receive it the next day. I read most of this book in one sitting because it was so fun to read. I have a review going up a week before the release date so stay tuned for that! Unfortunately, I won’t share too much of my thoughts until then. But, for now, here’s my rating!

Edition I read: ARC e-copy that was kindly sent to me by the publisher through Netgalley 🙂

Date Started and Finished: March 4th to March 9th

Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★

My review will be up on April 30th!| Goodreads Progress

4. What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile de Pesloüan

I received an e-arc of this from the publisher through NetGalley! I enjoyed this read but it was underwhelming. I think a lot more could’ve been added to it. To know the rest of my thoughts, I have a review here.

Edition I read: ARC e-copy that was kindly sent to me by the publisher through Netgalley 🙂

Date Started and Finished: March 13th

Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★

Review | Goodreads Progress

5. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

I was feeling in the mood for a middle grade novel and decided to finally pick up Victoria’s middle grade book. I ended up reading it all in one night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s also really cute for a ghost story lol. I don’t review middle grade because I’m an adult and I don’t read this critically. But, here’s my rating!

Edition I read: Library E-Book

Date Started and Finished: March 16th

Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★

Goodreads Progress

6. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

AH, I loved this book. I haven’t written a mini review for it yet but I’m going to. I enjoyed this book so much and I wasn’t expecting to. I don’t know why exactly but it was everything I love to read about. It’s set in the 70s, follows a rock band with two strong female band members and it’s told in a unique interview format. It’s a brilliant book. I’m so mad at myself for not picking up this ARC copy at work.

Edition I read: Hardcover

Date Started and Finished: March 18th to March 25th

Rating: 4.5/5 stars ★★★★★

Goodreads Progress

 

Have you read any of these books? If you have, let me know how you felt about them! I’d love to chat about these books. I’m so happy with my reading this month! It’s so much more than usual. Hopefully, April’s reading will be just as success. If only I can find a book as wonderful as Daisy Jones!

 

 

 

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April YA Releases of 2019

 

  • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan [April 2nd, 2019]

36118682“A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..”

Find out more on Goodreads!

 

  • Defy Me (Shatter Me, #5) by Tahereh Mafi [April 2nd, 2019]

(THIS DESCRIPTION WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS)

34992959“The gripping fifth installment in the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling Shatter Me series. Will Juliette’s broken heart make her vulnerable to the strengthening darkness within her?

Juliette’s short tenure as the supreme commander of North America has been an utter disaster. When the children of the other world leaders show up on her doorstep, she wants nothing more than to turn to Warner for support and guidance. But he shatters her heart when he reveals that he’s been keeping secrets about her family and her identity from her—secrets that change everything.

Juliette is devastated, and the darkness that’s always dwelled within her threatens to consume her. An explosive encounter with unexpected visitors might be enough to push her over the edge.”

Find out more on Goodreads

 

  • The Meaning of Birds by Jay Robin Brown [April 16th, 2019]

37655502“Before, Jessica has always struggled with anger issues, but come sophomore year that all changes when Vivi crashes into her life. As their relationship blossoms, Vivi not only helps Jess deal with her pain, she also encourages her to embrace her talent as an artist. And for the first time, it feels like the future is filled with possibilities. After In the midst of senior year, Jess’s perfect world is erased when Vivi suddenly passes away. Reeling from the devastating loss, Jess pushes everyone away, and throws out her plans to go to art school. Because art is Vivi and Vivi is gone forever.

Desperate for an escape, Jess gets consumed in her work-study program, letting all of her dreams die. Until she makes an unexpected new friend who shows her a new way to channel her anger, passion, and creativity. Although Jess may never draw again, if she can find a way to heal and room in her heart, she just might be able to forge a new path for herself without Vivi.”

Find out more on Goodreads

 

  • The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu [April 9th, 2019]

30295312“From #1 New York Times bestseller Cassandra Clare and award-winner Wesley Chu comes the first book in a new series that follows High Warlock Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood as they tour the world after the Mortal War. The Red Scrolls of Magic is a Shadowhunters novel.

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation—a lavish trip across Europe with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. But as soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demon-worshipping cult called the Crimson Hand that is bent on causing chaos around the world. A cult that was apparently founded by Magnus himself. Years ago. As a joke.

Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage. As if it wasn’t bad enough that their romantic getaway has been sidetracked, demons are now dogging their every step, and it is becoming harder to tell friend from foe. As their quest for answers becomes increasingly dire, Magnus and Alec will have to trust each other more than ever—even if it means revealing the secrets they’ve both been keeping.”

Find out more on Goodreads

 

  • How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glaslow [April 9th, 2019]

40755416“Here is what happens when your mother dies.

It’s the brightest day of summer and it’s dark outside. It’s dark in your house, dark in your room, and dark in your heart. You feel like the darkness is going to split you apart.

That’s how it feels for Tiger. It’s always been Tiger and her mother against the world. Then, on a day like any other, Tiger’s mother dies. And now it’s Tiger, alone.

Here is how you learn to make friends with the dark.”

Find out more on Goodreads

 

 

  • Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan [April 30th, 2019]

35843729“Elouise (Lou) Parker is determined to have the absolute best, most impossibly epic summer of her life. There are just a few things standing in her way:

* She’s landed a job at Magic Castle Playland . . . as a giant dancing hot dog.
* Her crush, the dreamy Diving Pirate Nick, already has a girlfriend, who is literally the Princess of the park. But Lou’s never liked anyone, guy or otherwise, this much before, and now she wants a chance at her own happily ever after.
* Her best friend, Seeley, the carousel operator, who’s always been up for anything, suddenly isn’t when it comes to Lou’s quest to set her up with the perfect girl or Lou’s scheme to get close to Nick.
* And it turns out that this will be their last summer at Magic Castle Playland–ever–unless she can find a way to stop it from closing.

Jennifer Dugan’s sparkling debut coming-of-age queer romance stars a princess, a pirate, a hot dog, and a carousel operator who find love–and themselves–in unexpected people and unforgettable places.”

Find out more on Goodreads

 

  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He [April 9th, 2019]

36430989“Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her.

Hesina’s court is packed full of dissemblers and deceivers eager to use the king’s death for political gain, each as plausibly guilty as the next. Her advisers would like her to blame the neighboring kingdom of Kendi’a, whose ruler has been mustering for war. Determined to find her father’s actual killer, Hesina does something desperate: she enlists the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death, since magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of Yan at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?”

Find out more on Goodreads

 

Unfortunately, Sky Without Stars is a March release that I didn’t realize until after I made this post. If you want to learn more about it, here’s the link!

Are you anticipating any of these releases? I’m looking forward to The Meaning of Birds! It was on my LGBT+ 2019 releases list so I can’t wait to finally read it.

Pre-order any of these at your local bookstore or on Amazon | Book Depository | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble!

 

4 Books I Currently Have Pre-Ordered

Today, I wanted to talk about the books I currently have pre-ordered! If you didn’t know, pre-orders are so important for the authors and books. Pre-order numbers (the more, the better) usually determine if the book is going to be promoted more and the overall success of the book. Publishers often look to pre-order numbers to gain perspective about how well the book will do and if this author is someone they should keep around.

So, I tend to pre-order books for authors I know I already love and have been looking forward to their newest release. I usually don’t do this for debut authors or books but I think that’s where it’s most important. I recommend you watch this video by Ariel Bissett about why pre-orders are so important in the publishing world and what they can do for books. It’s short and an easy watch but you realize how much your simple pre-order can mean.

1.Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

51dj9suCPhL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_I have always auto-bought Rainbow Rowell’s books so this is not surprise. Right whenever this book was announced and I could pre-order it, I did. I love Carry On so much. I can’t believe there was a time when people didn’t think there was going to be a sequel. When I finished Carry On, it felt like there was going to be a book two. Also, Rainbow Rowell’s love for Baz couldn’t deal with one book. I’m so excited for the sequel now that I obviously had to pre-order. The new cover was done by the same artist who did the Carry On paperback (which is beautiful). Definitely check out his art too because wow, he did Simon and Baz some serious justice.

Publication: September 24th, 2019

Pre-order it here.

 

 

2. Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Dyv9YfOXgAACiXgThis is the first book of the brand new Dreamer trilogy. Now, Maggie Stiefvater has been talking about this Ronan trilogy for so long on twitter and she’s been hyping it up day by day. As someone who finished the Raven Cycle last year, I love Ronan and Adam so much. I was so devastated whenever I finished the Raven Cycle because I loved these characters so much and I didn’t want their adventures to end. It’s been so exciting to follow Maggie while she tweets about this trilogy. I remember telling her whenever I met her that the Dream Thieves was my favorite one out of the four and she said it’s hers too! I can’t wait to be able to dive back in to Henrietta and see what Maggie has in store for these characters again!

Publication: November 5th, 2019

Pre-order it here.

 

 

3. Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

81kW7J18kvLAlthough I received an ARC for this book, I still pre-ordered. The pre-order count on debut novels are so important so I can’t wait to receive this physical copy! I actually pre-ordered right when the description was available because it sounds so intriguing. If any of you are interested in reading my review, it’ll be posted on April 30th, 2019 at 12:00pm eastern standard time! I’m posting it so late after reading because I want to respect the release date and most of the time, authors prefer it closer to the release!

Here’s a short description for those who haven’t heard of Again, But Better yet: “Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.”

Publication: May 7th, 2019

Pre-order it here.

 

4. Tunnel of Bones (City of Ghosts #2) by Victoria Schwab

41E9OcgPS5L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_I recently just pre-ordered this because I finally got around to reading City of Ghosts this month and I absolutely loved it. I missed reading middle grade so it’s so nice that one of my favorite authors, V.E. Schwab, has written some herself! I will buy anything that she writes anyway but I really enjoyed this one. I would share a description but this is a sequel so I don’t want to spoil anything. Unfortunately, I don’t have a review for this first book either because I don’t feel comfortable reviewing middle grade. I just read it for fun, not to review.

Publication: September 3rd, 2019

You can pre-order it here.

 

 

And that’s it! Those are the four books I currently have pre-ordered. I’m sure this list will get longer as we get farther into the year. I like to pre-order books closer to the release date (a few months) so I remember about the money being taken out. Amazon is amazing and they don’t charge you until the book has shipped. This is why I prefer to pre-order on there because other online retailers tend to charge right away and I don’t like that. I would prefer pre-ordering books from independent shops or bookstores but I don’t know any that don’t charge right away for pre-orders. If you do, let me know!

Do you have anything pre-ordered right now? I’d love to know.

 

 

 

ON MY RADAR → Where I End and You Begin by Preston Norton

On My Radar is a series I’ve been doing since I started blogging in 2016. I share with you books that may not have as much hype that I’m excited to read. I like sharing debut novels or books I just don’t think enough people are talking about. I usually find these books on Edelweiss and try to provide a review closer to the release date. I love doing these posts so I can boost some great books and help others find their next read!  So, today, my On My Radar book is Where I End and You Begin by Preston Norton. Here’s a little bit about the book:

“Ezra Slevin is an anxious, neurotic insomniac who spends his nights questioning his place in the universe and his days obsessing over Imogen, a nerdy girl with gigantic eyebrows and a heart of gold.

For weeks, Ezra has been working up the courage to invite Imogen to prom. The only problem is Imogen’s protective best friend, Wynonna Jones. Wynonna has blue hair, jams to ’80s rock, and has made a career out of tormenting Ezra for as long as he can remember.

Then, on the night of a total solar eclipse, something strange happens to Ezra and Wynonna–and they wake up in each other’s bodies. Not only that, they begin randomly swapping back and forth every day! Ezra soon discovers Wynonna’s huge crush on his best friend, Holden, a five-foot-nothing girl magnet with anger management problems. With no end to their curse in sight, Ezra makes Wynonna a proposition: while swapping bodies, he will help her win Holden’s heart…but only if she helps him woo Imogen.

Forming an uneasy alliance, Ezra and Wynonna embark on a collision course of mistaken identity, hurt feelings, embarrassing bodily functions, and a positively byzantine production of Twelfth Night. Ezra wishes he could be more like Wynonna’s badass version of Ezra–but he also realizes he feels more like himself while being Wynonna than he has in a long time…

Wildly entertaining and deeply heartfelt, Where I End and You Begin is a brilliant, unapologetic exploration of what it means to be your best self.”

Edition: Hardcover / ARC

Release Date: June 4th, 2019

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

I was kindly sent a copy of this book by Disney Hyperion so I will have a review closer to the release date. Stay tuned for that!

 

 

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