A Rainbow of Book Recs for Pride Month!

Happy Pride month, everyone! I know that we shouldn’t read queer books just during Pride month, but I thought it was the perfect time to celebrate all the amazing queer books out there! Sadly, I have not read as many queer books as I would like to so this post will include books I have read (bolded) and books I want to read. Also, if possible, I have organized the books by the identities represented in the story. (*= book has not been released yet)

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Review: One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

Author: Karen McManus
Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Pub Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: ARC from #booksfortrade

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The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.



TITLE: boring | nothing special | pretty good | caught my eye | perfection | music to my ears
COVER: not my favorite | goes well with rest of the series | boring | generic | pretty | series cover change | beautiful | HEART EYES
POV: 1st | 2nd | 3rd limited | 3rd omniscient | multiple POVs | too many POVs
CONCEPT: original as heck | run of the mill in genre | average | has potential | great idea, bad execution
MOOD: dark | hilarious | light hearted | romantic | depressing | suspenseful | fluffy | mysterious
PACING: snail’s pace | couldn’t keep up | mix of fast and slow | slow in the wrong places | fast in the wrong places | what even is pacing?
CHARACTERS: i’m in love | couldn’t connect | too many | well developed (all) | infuriating | annoying | precious babies | underdeveloped (all)| a mix of good and bad | diverse | okay (Addy) | new favorite characters
ROMANCE: none | steamy | fluffy | OTP status | cute | not center stage | barely there | cheesy | instalove | slow burn | i ship it | love triangle
DIVERSITY: none | lgbtq+ | racial | religion | disabled | mental illness | body | #ownvoices


Look, an actual review on a reviewing website!! School has kept me very, very busy for the past few months (hasn’t everyone been busy with school?) but now that finals are nearly done and summer is in reach, I’ve finally had time to return to blogging. This book is keeping in theme with current events–it’s about a murder that takes place in detention, and the students who are believed to be suspects.

Sounds like my kind of book, right? If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I love a good mystery–and this book has a ton of glowing reviews! It sounded so, so promising.

Sadly, for the first time in awhile, I was the black sheep.

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7 Essential Items for A Dream Library

Happy end of school season, everyone! Summer is right around the corner, and I expect to have this blog back in full swing within the next month or so.

While I was dreaming up blog posts, Molly from Arhaus gave me a great idea–dream libraries! I’m sure you have a picture in your head; whether it’s a library straight out of Beauty and the Beast, or a cozy nook full of pillows, or a room full of built-in bookshelves, all libraries require essentials. Today, I’m going to show you 10 things you need to create your dream library.

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