Happy Monday! Here is my first draft of options for #LMPBC #GroupM - can we come up with a cute group name? 🙃 I know these are pretty popular/mainstream, so I can totally search for other books if you‘ve read these or are not interested. They‘re tagged in the comments.
I started reading these books after the Netflix series was announced. (I love NPH.) Show‘s been out a while and I‘ve yet to even watch one episode. This particular book was my least favorite so far, maybe because I listened to the audiobook and didn‘t really like taking in the story that way. Made my teeth hurt. The creepy harpsichord music did not help. Let me go back to the quick, fun reading of the physical books.
1) Harry Potter
2) Working remotely, writing a paper for my Organizational Change & Leadership class, Pokemon Go Community Day, and seeing Panic! at the Disco 😍
3) The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
4) I‘m going to count terrible memory as a stupid human trick. I have the uncanny ability of forgetting major plot points in movies and books.
This is AMAZING. Just look at all these goodies. There is an antique mirror in this thang! I‘ve been wanting to read Keurium for a while, totally read my mind because I don‘t think it‘s on my TBR ✨ The Storyteller sounds lovely. Sending so much gratitude into the world for this #HappilyEverAfterSwap giving me a perfect example of what a swap is supposed to be/look/feel like 😍
I met Miss Val after a UCLA Gymnastics meet a couple weeks ago. She was just as beautiful and gracious as I imagined. It‘s no wonder our team is so amazing. She signed my book and I will definitely be reading it soon as a way to honor her final season. #GoBruins
Can‘t wait to see what‘s inside 😍 These were the first #LitsySwaps I participated in so I‘m learning more about the little details that enhance the experience. #HappilyEverAfterSwap @Chrissyreadit @monalyisha #JustABookSwap @TheBookKeepers @cwarnier
I wanted to love this book and I‘m sad I didn‘t. Many people who have the same tastes as me love this book. And I totally rock with the author. I think if I had read it at another point in my life, I would have absolutely rode for it. The writing is beautiful in its own way. The voices are distinct and trippy. It def gets points for Asian-American working class characters and complicated, deep love, and the painful ways we try to find belonging.
After watching TATBILB about 94 times on Netflix, I grabbed the first book and hoped the old adage about a book being better than its movie adaptation would hold true. It didn‘t. But I‘m glad I stuck with the series because John Ambrose McClaren is absolutely 😍 And spoiler alert 🚨Peter Kavinsky is lowkey trash.
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Tagged my fave book of all time to give my match a little insight into my bookish brain. I‘m new to this book swapping stuff and SO excited for #JustABookSwap hosted by @TheBookKeepers
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Loved how the series turned out. Major points for multiple HP and Hamilton references. A lot of the plot is driven by college admissions and college choice, which spoke directly to my higher ed heart. I was obsessed with the TATBILB movie, but slightly disappointed with the first book. Glad I stuck with it because the books got better and better. Teenage angst in a realistic and joyful way, portrayed in a manner I could never relate to until now.
Okay, but can I take a second to celebrate this real quick before we get too far into the new year? In 2018, my love for Harry Potter deepened even more with some re-reads and the Binge Mode podcast. I also figured out that OotP is my favorite HP book (as of now anyway). And now I‘m gonna spend an hour adding the books I read to my profile.
Continuing to pass car rides with HP audiobooks, thanks to the #Libby app. Seems fitting in honor of Harry's birthday tomorrow. Feeling a renewed obsession with this fandom. It's so easy to pick up at any time for a quick (yet emotional) escape from life.
Listening to this audiobook! Just discovered the magic of the Libby app + my library card. My husband has never read the books, but we take a lot of roadtrips so I capitalize on these opportunities to share the magic of the wizarding world with him. Currently on the way home from Las Vegas.
Airport reading and a bookmark from Windsor Castle. A friend who lives in London raved about this book on IG so I immediately added it to my list on Litsy and quickly found out this cover is exclusive to the U.K. Naturally, I got over to Blackwell's the day before leaving Scotland and picked up a copy.
Finished The Potter Trail walking tour in Edinburgh, where we saw the places that inspired J.K. Rowling, as well as the cafes where she wrote the first 4 books. Had to grab my own copy of Harry Potter and the *Philosopher's Stone, printed by Bloomsbury - the publisher who originally picked up the series after 12 rejections from other publishers. (Also had to purchase Rob Roy for relevant reading during this England/Scotland trip.) #bookhaul
Curling up with a book and headphones, enjoying the last of my 4-day weekend. Really pleased with how many books I've gotten through in the first 2 months of the year. February is flying by!
Absolutely loving the character development in this story. While the plot is moving slow, I'm enjoying discovering what makes each person tick. I'll always be more attuned to paper books, but I'm not mad at reading on my iPad. I'm actually in bed early and can read before I have to sleep. The little things make all the difference.
Catching the last few minutes of daylight outside in Hollywood. Getting some reading in while I wait for the show to start.
Tried to resist audiobooks because I subscribe to a ton of podcasts, which I listen to in the car. Recently went on a 9-day roadtrip and didn't cancel my Audible subscription after the free trial ended. Excited to listen to this on my way to LA to see Rent at the Pantages. Perfect length for the roundtrip journey.
Been meaning to get a library card since I moved last May. Found out everything at the library bookstore was 50% off today, which was the perfect motivator to finally get over there. Got all this for $6.75! Excited to dabble in some essays - curious to see how much life has and hasn't changed for twentysomethings since this book was published in 2005.
Today has been rough for me. I am dealing with family issues and big life decisions. I don't have many people to turn to because my partner in crime is gone a lot and my core support system isn't always within reach. Things could be worse, but today is one is those days where work, life, and goals feel heavy. Ready to get lost in some pages.
I know I said I would finish this last week, but here we are. Home from work early so I am going to power through the rest tonight. Anxious to find out what happens to Oscar at the end and why his life is considered "brief." Lots on the calendar this weekend, but I just want to stay home and read and drink wine.
I know making New Year Resolutions sometimes sets us up for failure, but I love the idea of a fresh start - even if it's socially constructed. This year I'm trying to read daily and get outside at least once a week. Hoping to finish this book by tomorrow.
I was never one to perfectly recount details or write reviews expounding everything I read. I remember writing, stories, and books by how they make me feel. Been going through it with my family - as of now my dad has "disowned" me, even though I'm an adult with my own home who fully supports myself. Grateful to Rupi Kaur for these words.
I begin each work day with coffee and writing in this amazing meditation journal. I usually spend 7-8 minutes on one day's prompt. It's a great way to reflect, pause, and set the tone before diving in to whatever the day may bring.
Been slammed at work all day. Even though I LOVE my job and helping high school students, I need a brief reprieve to recharge (except I'm still reading/eating at my desk). Poetry is perfect. Working on my own healing while I'm at it.
Loving Oscar's obsession with all things nerd culture. Here's to the first of many books this year.