Review: Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai // A Touching Middle Grade Novel I Teared Up Over

This novel reminded me why I love middle grade so much!!

I hadn’t read a middle grade novel in a while before picking up Pie In The Sky, but I’m so glad I decided to choose it as my first middle grade read of the year, because it was so amazing. I read it in just a few sittings, and it managed to make me laugh and tear up at the same time.

So today, I’m here to review and hopefully convince you all to pick up this highly underrated gem of a middle grade novel!

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My 21 Most Anticipated 2021 Releases (January to June) // aka Me Wishing I Had All of These Books Right Now!!

The amount of times I say “this cover is so pretty” in this post is too much to count.

We’re honestly blessed with the stunning covers for all of these 2021 releases, and I couldn’t be happier!! But it’s not just the covers — all of these books also sound like they could become new favorites, and I’m extremely excited for every one.

So without further ado, here are my 21 most anticipated releases for the first half of 2021, complete with lots of screaming about how excited I am for each and how I wish I had them all in my hands right now!! (Most of these are Young Adult releases, unless otherwise specified.)

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2020 Reading Recap // My Favorite (and Least Favorite) Books, Stats, and More

Unlike the rest of 2020, my reading year was actually not terrible!!

As I talked about in my yearly recap, 2020 was the year that I joined the online book community, and it impacted me in so many ways, from reading more books that represented me to finding books that will be favorites for years to come!

So today, I’m very excited to recap my reading year by sharing my favorite and least favorite books, disappointing and surprising books, and bookish stats. This took me a long time to write and format (and Google Sheets hates me so it took even longer for the graphs 😭), but it was still so much fun to do, especially because I love screaming about books and stats!

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Saying Goodbye to 2020 + My Goals For The New Year!

Happy New Year!!

I simply cannot believe that it’s already 2021. I know I’ve said this probably a million times already, but 2020 feels like it lasted both a week and 10 years at the same time, so I have no idea how to feel about the fact that it’s over.

While I’m sure everyone can agree that 2020 was… not a good year overall, I want to try to be more positive going into the new year, so today I’m here to recap the highlights of my 2020 and focus on the things that brought me joy this year!! I’m also going to be sharing a few of my goals for the new year in the different aspects of my life.

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September to December Wrap-Up // Catching Up On Everything That’s Happened Since My Hiatus

Hello, friends! It’s been… quite a while.

In my last post, I said that I would try not to disappear… but then I proceeded to go on a 4 month hiatus. So much has happened since then—including me trying to draft numerous blog posts that I just ended up never posting—but I’ve decided to finally come back to blogging and thought I would chat with you all today about what’s been going on with me in the past few months!

Because 4 months is a long time and I tend to write long wrap-ups, I’ll try my best not to make this post extremely boring by only discussing the major things!! But I’m truly so glad to be back because I missed blogging and this lovely community ❤

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A Very Late August Wrap-Up // My Birthday, Going Back to School, And Disappearing From Blogging…

August was a crazy month.

From my birthday to going back to online school to disappearing from the blogiverse to the end of summer to wildfire season… I truly can’t think of a better word to describe my month!*

So today, I’m here with a very late wrap-up for everything that happened in August, including life, blogging, and the little writing I was actually able to get done.

And hi, I’m back from another unplanned hiatus!! It’s been so long since I even drafted a post, but just typing these words makes me so happy because I missed blogging. 🥺 I’ll talk more about what you can expect from my content later on in this post, but hopefully, I won’t be disappearing again anytime soon.

*also, school has taken away all my braincells and i had no idea what else to write for this intro :))

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The Folklore Book Tag // Basically Me Just Screaming About My Love For This Album

This album is chilly autumn nights and a crackling fire and slipping on a warm cardigan.

It’s walking through a dark forest, it’s the smell of fresh rain, it’s flipping through the pages of an old book. And I love it so much.

I was so shocked but also ecstatic to hear that Taylor Swift was releasing a secret album on July 23rd, and folklore did not disappoint!! The songs are all stunning, Taylor’s lyricism remains superior, and the aesthetic is perfect. 🍃

I’m probably going to repeat this throughout the post, but I truly love this album, so that’s why I’m here today to share my answers to the Folklore Book Tag as I talk about what each song means to me and pair it with a book! Thank you so much to Nimika @ Wordhaven for tagging me. ❤

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July Wrap-Up // An Amazing Reading Month (But No Writing At All…)

Can someone please explain to me how summer is already almost over??

I feel like I keep repeating this, but quarantine life is going by so slow and fast at the same time — while July lasted very long, it’s crazy to think that summer will be over and I’m going to be starting (online) school in a few weeks.

But other than the writing slump that I’ve been stuck in for a while, this was actually a good month for me?! So, for a lack of a better intro, today I’ll be wrapping up everything I did in July (from the amazing books I read to my not-so-amazing writing)…

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Review: Picture Us In The Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert // a new favorite (that made me cry?!)

I don’t know how to even start this review.

Every time I try to express my love for this book, to even think about it, my eyes fill up with tears because of the sheer impact it has had on me.

I don’t know how to even begin to explain the deep wound it grafted in my heart, the heaviness that has settled on me after reading Danny’s story — so I apologize if my review is all over the place, because that’s exactly what my emotions feel like right now.

But I hope to succeed in convincing you to pick this up today, because if you take anything from my review, it’s that Picture Us In The Light is a gorgeous book and I loved it so, so much.

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My Nominations for the 2020 Book Blogger Awards // spreading ALL the blogger love!

My favorite part about blogging is, and will always be, the community.

I don’t want to get sappy this early into the post, but  every time someone comments and spreads their support, every time I read other bloggers’ replies to my comments, every time I’m able to recommend a book to someone  — it all means the world to me. I truly look forward to blogging every day because of all the wonderful people I’ve met and all the positivity in this community. ❤

So that’s why I’m here today to share my nominations for the fourth annual 2020 Book Blogger Awards and spread all the love I can!!

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