September Hopefuls

This month my genres are going to be all over the place! From Self Help to Fantasy I am going to cover it all, well kind of. There are more than five genres in the world but all five of my books I would say touch different genres and ideas from each other and so I am very excited to get started with this months picks!

My Line Up

Romance

Self Help

Poetry

Fantasy

Historical Fiction

Like I said all these books are very different than one another and I think that adds to all the fun! Two of these books are part of buddy reads which I still haven’t decided if I fully enjoy or not, but I am really trying! The other three books are ones I need to tackle so I can say that I have read them, they have been on my shelf for quite sometime.

I haven’t really read a poetry book before so when my new work friend recommended me “I Would Leave Me Too” by Halsey I honestly was kind of skeptical. I am not the best at understanding poetry and I am afraid I will just make a fool of myself trying to interpret the meaning behind the words. However, you will never know unless you try!

I am trying to read through all the Harry Potter books this coming year, one each month. This is part of a buddy read so it helps me to stay motivated to get it read. Also my boyfriends family are having a Harry Potter themed Halloween party so I should probably start finding a character I resonate with. Any help with this is very much appreciated!

“The Intellect” is an Indy book published by a seventeen year old! Yes, you read that correctly! I am so excited that she asked me to represent her book and to try and spread the word about her new romance novel. I am about halfway through the book and I am in love! If you would like to check out her book I will add a link so you can get your own copy.

“You Should Talk to Someone” has been catching my eye for months! I just keep putting it off because I’m not really a non-fiction self help kind of girl but honestly after the month I have had lately I could use some guidance in life. This will most likely be apart of a buddy read as well this month, maybe the other people in this group can help me get my life together!

Last but not least is “The Rose Code”, historical fiction is also out of my comfort zone but I mean who can turn down this gorgeous cover? I have also read so many wonderful reviews on this book and now that the hype has started to slow down I think now could be the perfect time to dive into this book.


Last month was crazy but this month might be worse. I am trying to balance a new job while also taking care of a three week old kitten and honestly I am sleep deprived! I haven’t really picked up a book in over a week and that is kind of depressing, but reading four books last month was a win for me! Now my goal is to keep that up with my busy schedule! Wish me luck!

If you are interested in reading one of these books with me lets do it!

August Wrap up

August has officially come to a close so you know what that means! That’s right, it’s time to talk about what I accomplished this past month. Honestly I am not sure why I am making hopeful lists each month because I never actually follow along with them. With that said let’s get down to business (to defeat the Huns) Just Kidding but really let’s get on with it!

What Did I Plan On Reading

I told my self last month that I wasn’t going to make a big TBR for this month because I tend to over do it and then I never get around to finishing it. Well this month I did end up finishing four books but not exactly these four. I had a pretty interesting month where I tried to join a bunch of buddy reads to keep me motivated to read and then also try to still read my other books along with it. Well I did enjoy the accountability that came with buddy reads but I realized I didn’t enjoy talking in large groups about the books. Should I join more buddy reads this month?

What Did I Actually Read

This month my list of books that I read I was actually really surprised with the genres and my ratings that I gave out. I typically wouldn’t have picked these books out on my own which I think is the greatest part about the buddy reads.

“Razorblade Tears” By S.A. Cosby

This book was my favorite book that I happened to read this month. I am not typically a big fan of violent things and this book was extremely violent, but it was a very important part to the book and it helped create the characters. Speaking of the characters, they were extremely well rounded and you ended up feeling for their struggles.

I gave this book a well deserved five star rating check my review out here.

“The House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune

This book was very magical and had a very great message tied into it. I highlighted so many quotes from this book that will stick with me forever! It did start off a little slow which is fine because it was all story building that was much needed!

I promise you will fall in love with every single one of these characters! I wish I could be friends with them in real life.

Down below I will link my full review for you to read.

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling

I read this book as a buddy read for my first time ever! I wanted to see what I missed out on when I was younger by not reading this sooner, and let me tell you, I definitely missed out on finding a love for reading sooner.

I know this author has been controversial lately but I am trying to separate the author from her work. I did not write a full review on this but that is ok because I feel like everyone has read this already.

“Among the Beasts and Briars” by Ashley Poston

I read this book not really being a fantasy reader so I was surprised to enjoy this story as much as I did. I did knock it down a star for a few reasons but the biggest was spelling mistakes that were very distracting! I also felt the storyline had a bit of repetitiveness to it, but over all it was a super cute story to read and got me into reading more fantasy books.

I will leave my full review down below so you can see more information.


My Favorite Quote

A home isn’t always the house we live in. It’s also the people we choose to surround ourselves with. You may not live on the island, but you can’t tell me it’s not your home. Your bubble, Mr. Baker. It’s been popped. Why would you allow it to grow around you again?

A direct Quote from “The House in the Cerulean Sea”

I just love the thought that the people you surround yourself with become your family, safe place and home. Surrounding yourself with people that will always care about you is so important to our true happiness in life.


Life Events

We have added a new member to our small little family. I saved a three week old kitten from the dumpster at work last week and decided to take him home and adopt him! Being a newborn baby kittens mom is honestly super nerve racking, I have to make sure he stays fed every few hours, help him use the restroom and overall just keep him alive! I stay up so late at night making sure he isn’t going to die on me. please enjoy some cute pictures of my sweet baby boy.

In other news I also started a new job that I am absolutely loving! I am making so many new friends and truly enjoying the work environment. However, I feel like training typically is like this in new jobs. I hope I continue to love it as the time goes by.

Book Review “The House in the Cerulean Sea” By TJ Klune

I finished this book a little over a week ago and honestly I have tried typing this review a million times but life has been super busy this past week and extremely stressful! I started a new job and though training has been going very well that doesn’t mean starting a new job and making new friends is easy. Also I found a 3 week old kitten in the dumpster at the new job and me and my boyfriend decided to take him in and adopt him! This has been challenging because I have to feed him every few hours, help him use the bathroom, teach him to play, help him regulate his own body heat and so much more! I am currently typing this while holding a squirming kitten, wish me luck!

“Whenever I want you,” he sang quietly. “All I have to do is dream.”

Direct quote from book.

About The Book

Publication Date: March 17th, 2020 2020

Author: TJ Klune

Publisher: Tor

Page Count: 396

Main Genres: Fiction, LGBT, Fantasy

GoodReads Rating: 4.49

“The things we fear the most are often the things we should fear the least. It’s irrational, but it’s what makes us human. And if we’re able to conquer those fears, then there is nothing we’re not capable of.”

Direct Quote from book.

Synopsis

Linus Baker lives a very boring and structured life always following the rules, working for the Department In Charge Of Magical Youth. His job is to make sure the magical kids living in orphanages are being taken care of or if the children need to be moved. His office space seems fairly hostel with a boss who doesn’t care about her employees, hardly any room to move between your desk, and no personal belongings are allowed! His mouse pad is a picture of an ocean saying “don’t you wish you were here?”

His structured lifestyle gets a wrench tossed in it when he is summoned to go to Marayas Island, a place Linus has never heard of. Everyone who is on the island has been filed away into a classified folder.

Who exactly is on this island? Why is their existence classified? Will Linus learn to break the rules?

This book is filled with magic, friendships and finding yourself.

Hate is loud, but I think you’ll learn it’s because it’s only a few people shouting, desperate to be heard. You might not ever be able to change their minds, but so long as you remember you’re not alone, you will overcome.”

Direct quote from book.

Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A home isn’t always the house we live in. It’s also the people we choose to surround ourselves with. You may not live on the island, but you can’t tell me it’s not your home. Your bubble, Mr. Baker. It’s been popped. Why would you allow it to grow around you again?

Direct quote from book.

Review

This book was very well written and I learned to fall in love with each character individually. My personal favorite character was Sal, he had such a rough past that made him super shy but protective and I feel as if his character progressed the most throughout the entire book.

I feel as if this book started off super slow! It took till about 60% of the way through the book for me to really get into it. With such great reviews from everyone I assumed I would fall in love with the book immediately and I didn’t, but this is ok! Story building takes some time and with this book it paid off. By the 60% mark in the book I started to connect all the characters and I ended up just loving the whole story.

The reason why I am giving it four stars is due to how long it took me to get into the book. The ending of this story was really heart warming and extremely cute! I would love a second book!

My Current Events and Life Updates

I have a lot of stuff going on in my life currently and I thought I would like to share these with all of you! I figured this is my blog and yes it focuses on books but also me, so why not share what is going on currently. What am I reading? What did I just finish reading? What are some major life things happening right now? What am I currently watching? Let’s get a little more personal here.

Let’s Talk Books

Last Read

Current Read

Next Read

I just finished the first Harry Potter book for my first time ever! Can you really call me a book lover if I haven’t read this series? I know all the stuff going on with JKR is very controversial and I have read up on it and by no means do I support what is happening! I personally wanted to start this series to see why this book got so many young kids hooked on reading and what I missed out on growing up.

My Mini Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I absolutely loved this book and I do understand why so many young kids fell in love with reading after they read this book. I wish I would have gave it a chance when I was younger, as now I am 22 and just started to love reading. I missed out on so many years of falling in love with different worlds and making fictional friends.

I took the Harry Potter house quiz and I got put into the Hufflepuff house. Now I am curious, is there a book or anything I can read to learn more of the Hufflepuff side of things?

I am currently about half way through “The House in the Cerulean Sea” by TJ Klune. This book is the book my own book club is reading for the month of August and I have been so excited to discuss it with them! However, I am not loving the book yet. I feel like it will get better and pick up pace soon but man is it dragging. I feel as if this book is over hyped which makes it harder to get into. Fingers crossed I end up falling in love with it.

My next read is going to be “The Unhoneymooners” by Christina Lauren. I feel like I only read super popular books. As a fairly new reader I rely heavily on other peoples reviews and this book has had many great reviews on bookstagram. I can not wait to dive into this book!

Currently Watching

To say that I am a reality TV snob would be an understatement! My boyfriend is constantly telling me I watch too much reality TV and has tried tirelessly to get me to watch just a basic TV show but honestly they just don’t keep my attention like a “good” reality show.

The main shows that I have been obsessed with lately would be; Hells Kitchen, The Bachelorette, Big Brother and Master Chef. I am a sucker for drama, food, and competition.

Hells Kitchen released two seasons back to back and that was so exciting! Season 19 was an ok season and season 20 (on tv now) isn’t much better. I support Rasmy’s decision to crown Kori the winner of season 19 I feel like she deserved it but man I hated some of those contestants with all my heart! Season 20 is the young gun season and so they are all a bunch of 21 year-olds who know basically nothing! Honestly I despise almost all of these contestants except for like two of the men. Don’t ask why I still continue to watch the show if I hate the people because I can’t give you an answer.

Bachelor Nation has been a crap show for a few seasons now. The last season I actually enjoyed was Becca’s season back in 2018, that was forever ago! Matt’s season was a joke! I thought Katie would kill it but man her season was a mess! Now we are starting Paradise and yes I am excited for it but ehh some of the people on their I could live without. Also I miss Chris Harrison, Fight me if you don’t agree.

Master Chef has always been a favorite! I love the mystery box challenge, it is so crazy to see what these home cooks can come up with! This show just makes me very hungry! This season is the season of legends so the whole show has changed a bit and honestly not for the best. I like the legends they are bringing in, most of them are really cool. I love that Joe is finally back on the show, I hated Christina. What I am hating is that there is no mystery box challenges or elimination challenges or even the ones where they leave the master chef bubble and go out into the world. Its just “Oh hey here is a legendary chef make this dish for them and one of you will go home.” I don’t know, it just feels bleh, but here I am still watching it religiously.

Big Brother has been a family favorite since I was a child but we stopped watching after season 18 because life got busy and it costed a lot to pay for subscriptions to watch things. Now that I have my own money I bought Paramount Plus and it came with Big Brother so I have been binging it for the past two months trying to catch up on what I missed out on. I am on season 22 the All Stars season and man these All Stars kind of suck haha. I love Nicole and Cody so rooting for them for sure!

Do you watch any of these shows?

Life Things

Life has been pretty chaotic this past month! I quit a toxic job, I got a new job, I read a lot, I watch a lot of TV, I am trying to make friends…gosh just a lot! Lets talk about it!

Noah’s Birthday

My boyfriend turned 22 on the 14th of this month and so of course we had to celebrate! We had a whole week of birthday celebrations! He even convinced me to start playing D&D with our friends.

I love lots of things about this man but most importantly I am so thankful for all of his support.

Mental Health

Me and Noah started taking control of our mental health by using this app called “Finch”. You basically get to take care of a baby finch (it looks like a penguin) by answering questions and taking quizzes about your day and completing goals. After you baby has enough energy you send it on an adventure and he typically comes back with something he discovered like a fruit, drink, book or hobby. He then decides if he likes or dislikes the item. When you answer his questions like the one to the right here it gives him personality traits! Over all I recommend this app!

They also just added a pet store so you can buy cute clothes for you finch to wear!

I will have a link to download the app down below.

I have a special code too! When it asks use this 4ECF3QLPWR it will give you 600 starting stones (money) for the store! If code doesn’t work send me a message.

Rep Updates

I am currently a rep for multiple places and even an author now! A lot of this information is posted on my “About Me” page but if you are looking for more information I am happy to help you out so just feel free to send me any questions you have, the best way to contact me is through my Instagram or Facebook pages.

My Newest Position

I am happy to announce starting in September I will be an official rep for the author of “The Intellect” by Lily Kathleen.

I have not yet started this book because I want to read it as I rep. I am so excited to read this book and help out a young author!

Lily is only 17 years old and she already has some really amazing reviews on her YA romance novel!

The synopsis below is pulled directly from Lilies website which I will add a link too below.

If you are interested in buying this book use code Theintellect10 for 10% off your order!

  “Fifteen-year-old Jessica Adams moves to a small town in South Dakota at the beginning of summer. Moving is normal for her, but this time seems to be a bit different. She isolates herself from the outside world as she begins to question her whole life. Her parents never give her the freedom her older siblings have, nor can she even be left at home alone without her parents constantly texting and calling her. She begins to feel alone, as she spends her whole summer cooped up in her room.

But things quickly start to turn around when she meets a mysterious guy, named Aaron Conners, on the first day of school. No one looks at him, nor talks to him. So why is he always hiding?

     He has a seriously huge secret, but so does she. Her secret can lead her into much danger. The only thing is that she doesn’t actually know what her secret is.

     Will she make a massive mistake in trying to figure out what her big secret is? And will it lead her and those she loves into more danger than ever before?”

My Favorite BookMarks

My really good bookstagram friend has started to make the cutest bookmarks I have ever seen and she just released her fall line along with her new Etsy shop!

I love all the designs she has came out with this time but I think my personal favorites are the “A Thousand Suns” collection! Sunflowers are seriously the best flowers out there.

All in all fall is my favorite season and I am so excited to share this collection with you.

Down below I will post a link to her new Etsy shop and her Bookstagram page as well.

Courts Bookmarks Continued

This next picture is the last of this new collection.

Look at that last bookmark, it is see through! Gosh this collection is to die for!

I already ordered mine so what are you waiting for?!

Her other collections will be up soon so you will have a lot of cute designs to choose from. In the mean time order one or two of these to prep for fall!

Use code Baibooks10 for 10% off you order!

The Best Fall Shirt

The last update to my rep position is this new shirt from my girl Amy at Two Sisters Custom Creations. Amy made me a really cute purple shirt that had a book design on it which I immediately fell in love with but come on, how can you beat this shirt?

In Utah it has been raining for two days straight so I have officially claimed Summer to be over and Fall has kicked into gear! I mean we have snow on our mountains in August, so yeah Fall has started.

No Books Were Harmed In The Making Of This Photo

Amy and I have been friends since I can remember really and of course I am going to show off all the cute things she makes!

She has so many more designs on her website and you can also request any idea you have and she will get it done!

The best part? She offers shipping all around the U.S.

Her link will be listed below along with a few of her other designs!


This is everything going on in my life currently! If you stayed and read all of this well I thank you for your determination! My life is always crazy and I will always have a million things to talk about, so stay tuned!

(Book Review) “Razorblade Tears” By S.A. Cosby

This was one of my buddy reads that I signed up for this month. I think I was the last one to finish the book despite us not having our discussion till the end of this month. I only have two more buddy reads to finish this month with so little time left, I am getting slightly nervous!

About The Book

Publication Date: July 6th, 2021

Author: S.A. Cosby

Publisher: FlatIron Books

Main Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Page Count: (BOTM Edition) 319

Goodreads Rating: 4.25 Stars

“It wasn’t Isiah being gay that caused problems between the two of you. It was how you dealt with it or didn’t deal with it that caused problems.”

Direct quote from book. Page 47

Synopsis

Two ex-con fathers lost their married sons in some horrific hate crime. Despite not approving of the relationship their sons had, the fathers are out for blood to avenge their sons’ deaths because the cops have no leads! Through all the challenges these men go through they find acceptance for their sons and each other but can they get revenge on whoever did this horrendous act?

This book highlights the struggles the LGBTQ community and Black communities face with acceptance, racism, and everyday life trials.

“This is who I am. I can’t change. I don’t want to, really. But for once I’m gonna put this devil inside me to good use.”

Direct Quote from book. Page 96

Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Review

I have really been into reading books about the LGBTQ community lately and I am so happy I added this to my completed pile. The books I have read have been very LGBTQ positive and this book has a lot of darker tones. You see the community from the perspectives of fathers who really disapprove of their gay sons but after their sons pass away due to a hate crime you can see their fathers start to slowly understand their sons lives and choices a bit more and become more accepting of the choices their sons had made. It was just a really beautiful story about two very tough topics that I feel like authors avoid.

The other topic that got talked about heavily in this book was racism, particularly about the black culture. Ike, the father to one of the sons, is a black man. Buddy Lee, the other father, is a white man who grew up in a very racist family and has some habits that need to be broken. Throughout the whole book Ike teaches Buddy Lee the proper way to address issues with racism and things he should or should not be letting out of his mouth. Ike really brings up tough issues in this world that we need to correct.

These topics are things we all need to take time to educate ourselves on just a little more so we can all be more accepting of each others lives. This book was very insightful but mostly emotional! S.A. Cosby really knows how to pull at your heart strings while speaking the truth!

I only had one problem with this book but after doing some quick research I realized it has nothing to do with the book and wasn’t the authors fault. The issue was that it had a lot of grammar errors! I found out that it is because I read the Book of the Month version of this book and they got the book before the final edits went through. So just a heads up, if you have the BOTM version their will be a lot of grammar errors.

Overall I loved this book! It talked about tough issues, It was very emotional and the story was beautiful! I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants a good thriller/mystery that talks about some tough topics.


“Yeah, you can’t hide that you’re black. But the fact that you think I should hide who I am proves my point. Like Dr. King said: an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

Direct quote from book. Page 141

This quote is in reference to a part in the book where Ike tells a gay guy that he can hide who he is cause unless he tells anyone he is gay no one would know, but Ike is black everywhere and can’t hide who he is. But like the quote says why should anyone who is gay have to hide who they are just to make everyone else comfortable? Something to really think about!


Possible Trigger Warnings

Racism

Hate Speech

Violence

Homophobia

Murder

Grief


QOTD: What is your favorite book subscription company?

National Book Lovers Day

Happy National book lovers day! It only feels right to make this blog post because I am a book blogger after all. I am still fairly new to this community and I want to share even more of myself with you all. In this blog post you will learn some highs and lows that I have experienced in this life changing journey.

This same time last year I would have never thought I’d post about this national holiday! It’s crazy how how much can change in a single year! This whole experience just feels like one big dream come true. Little Bailie never had this experience planned out or even would have dreamed this opportunity up.

Let’s do some reflecting!

I have bought over 100 books in a year

I have read only about 36 of those books

My TBR has expanded exponentially

I have made so many wonderful bookish friends

My Favorite book So Far

“One Last Stop” by Casey McQuiston

This was a no brainer for me. I loved every aspect of this book and no matter how hard I tried to pick it apart to find something wrong with it I just kept coming up with “Well, it is just too perfect.”

Read my review on this book here

My Least Favorite Book So Far

“Anxious People” by Fredrik Backman

I don’t think I could ever hate a book more than I hated this book…. Yikes… I feel so rude saying that out loud but it is my truth.

This was very over hyped and fell short on many levels. I recommend reading my review just to see my full opinions on the book. By all means still give this a try but it was an acquired read.

A link to my review is down below.

Tried New Genres

I have recently started to broaden my horizons and try reading new genres of books. The biggest stretch for me is fantasy. I have only read two fantasy books since I started this journey and I have surprisingly really enjoyed them! I just don’t think I would still pick them up on my own terms though.

Other fantasies on my TBR would be Harry Potter, The House in the Cerulean Sea and A court of thorns and roses.

Amazing Opportunities

Ever since I started my bookstagram I have really expanded my social life!

I started my book blog and then I also got three separate rep positions for small businesses. This has been an amazing journey and I love being able to share it all with my friends and family.

Socials

The facebook link will take you to my Group called “Books are my Therapy” I will be hosting buddy reads there.