april reads

In a word, April can be summed up as – disastrous. It was chaotic because it was the last month of the spring semester so teachers were piling on work, and finals were around the corner. I felt like I was drowning. My stress levels were through the roof, and my depression and anxiety “came in like a wrecking ball.” So needless to say, my reading month was lacking. I was only able to read short books, which were mostly poetry collections.

Individual Reviews for Books

The Wayward Children Series (1-3) | Depression and Other Magic Tricks | DROPKICKromance | No Matter the Wreckage | [redacted] | the witch doesn’t burn in this one

january – march reads

January 

February 

March 

Individual Reviews for Books

The Remnant Chronicles | The Wayward Children Series (1-3) | the sun and her flowers | Of Fire and Stars | Note to Self | Nice Try, Jane Sinner | Tuck Everlasting | Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda | Shattered Pieces | Our Own Battles | Turtles All the Way Down |

may tbr

For this month I will only be taking part in one read-a-thon; however, I will also be joining a BookTuber in the theme that they chose for their TBR this month.

The read-a-thon that I will be participating in this month is the Buzzword Read-A-Thon. It is being ran by Lala (booksandlala) and Dylan (dylanthereader5), and will be running from May 7th to the 13th. The buzzword for this round is “girl.” Any book with a title or subtitle containing a variation of the word may be read during the read-a-thon. For more information on the Buzzword Read-A-Thon check out my announcement post.

The books that I will be reading this month that fulfills the challenge are: Fangirl, The Goose Girl, Anne Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl, The Girls, Girls Made of Snow and Glass, Brown Girl Dreaming, I am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot By the Taliban.

Monica (shemightbemonica) has been setting themes for her monthly TBR’s recently, and May’s theme is “books by Asian-American authors.” I decided to join her, and went to the library to find some books. After combing through aisles and finding some books that I was interested in, I discovered that not all of the authors were Asian-American. So, I decided that I would broaden the theme to “books by Asian authors (that currently live in North America).”

These are the books that I chose that fit the broadened version of the theme: The Wrath and the Dawn, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, American Panda, When Dimple Met Rishi, Saints and Misfits, I am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot By the Taliban, I Believe in a Thing Called Love, and Love, Hate, and Other Filters. Most of them are contemporary because that’s what I’m in the mood for.

Some other books that I hope to get to in May are The Female Persuasion and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. There are two bookstores in my area that have chosen The Female Persuasion as their book club book, so I’ll be reading this one first. Also, I hope to continue with my Harry Potter reread, and I should be able to complete the fourth book in the series, but who knows what will happen.

These are all of the books that I hope to get to in May:

Wish me luck!

♥ Lauren Hope

the buzzword readathon

The Buzzword Read-A-Thon is a new read-a-thon hosted by Lala and Dylan, and will be taking place from May 7th to 13th. The only challenge that there is during the read-a-thon is to read books that contain “girl” somewhere in the title or subtitle.

So I combed through my bookshelves for all of the books that have some variation of girl in the title, and I came up with this list: Girl Made of Snow and GlassThe GirlsFangirlAnne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, and I Am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban.

I also went onto Overdrive to find some audio-books that I could listen to while I drive, and came up with these: Brown Girl Dreaming (I borrowed the e-book too), The Goose Girl, and Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.


The Hosts of the Read-A-Thon:

 

lala, but exhausted

 

Lala from booksandlala:

Youtube

Goodreads 

Twitter

Instagram

 

Dylan

 

Dylan from dylanthereader5:

YouTube 

Goodreads

Twitter 

Instagram

 

♥ Lauren Hope

no matter the wreckage by sarah kay

No Matter the Wreckage

⭐️⭐️⭐️

No Matter the Wreckage was the story of Sarah Kay’s life; it was so specific to her own experience that there were many things that I could not relate to and few that I could. The poem that I enjoyed the most was “Dragons,” this one was about how similar the poet is to her father (in regard to temperament), which I could relate to. An excerpt from the poem:

“The silent anger too. They are capable of keeping the engine humming, the deep vibration of fury warm underneath. Me–I was not born with enough fuel. My anger often melts into sadness.”

Overall the poetry collection was enjoyable, but it was missing something for me.

Lauren Hope

soap box

actions speak louder than words,

but what if you can’t take

action or use your voice?

being able to take action

and speak up are privileges

that some people don’t have.


April is National Poetry Month!

April is national poetry month, which was news to me. I found out about this through twitter, and shortly discovered that Amanda Lovelace and Cyrus Parker were going to be giving prompts each day of April over on their instagram accounts. They took turns, one giving prompts on the even days (Cyrus) and the other giving them on the odds days (Amanda).

As an aspiring writer and lover of poetry, I decided to participate and created my own poems using their prompts. The prompt for April 5th is to take a cliche, make it your own.

decisions, decisions

“i’m you, but from the future.”

there are a million

questions i want to ask,

but one thought pushes to

the forefront of my mind:

you decided to keep living.


April is National Poetry Month!

April is national poetry month, which was news to me. I found out about this through twitter, and shortly discovered that Amanda Lovelace and Cyrus Parker were going to be giving prompts each day of April over on their instagram accounts. They took turns, one giving prompts on the even days (Cyrus) and the other giving them on the odds days (Amanda).

As an aspiring writer and lover of poetry, I decided to participate and created my own poems using their prompts. The prompt for April 4th to “i’m you, but from the future.”