22 things I learned at 22

Since my birthday is coming up in a couple weeks I figured why not share 22 things I've learned at 22. This year was definitely a year of learning for me and I learned wayyyy more than 22 things. 
Enjoy, Jess. 

  1. Never apologize for crying.
  2. Drink water! Seriously, your body does weird stuff when you don't. 
  3. Write everything down. EVERYTHING.
  4. Don't move in with people you've only known for a few months. No matter how good it seems.
  5. Alcohol is not your friend. 
  6. No matter how lonely you feel, you're never really alone. 
  7. Everything is easier when you don't procrastinate.
  8. Keep up with your money or you might end up eating cereal for a week straight. 
  9. Work out. Even if it's just going for a walk.
  10. Tell people you love them because you never know if you'll see them again.
  11. Pray.
  12. Smile at strangers.
  13. Go to the doctor for check ups.
  14. Be nice to your mom. 
  15. Listen to people. Just listen. 
  16. Do the extra credit.
  17. The only opinion that matters when it comes to yourself is yourself. 
  18. Don't hang out with boys after 11pm. 
  19. Music is good for everything. 
  20. It is okay to say no. 
  21. Never apologize for feelings.
  22. Dance like nobody's watching because life is too short. 

October TBR

Hello world! I haven't been on here in awhile and I'm not going to try to make excuses, I'm just gunna say life happens and things change. But to ease back into this blogging thing I decided to start with an October TBR, and if you know me you know I don't really stick to these lists and that I'm a very busy college student with not a lot of time for reading the things I want to read. So my goal this month is to at least read 3 or 4 books. Not a lot compared to some people and maybe that is a lot compared to others, but that's my goal and we'll see how that goes. 

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1. London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton 

I am behind on this book, seeing as everyone has already read it and I believe there is already a second one out. I've been working on this book for awhile (book slump) and I plan on finishing it hopefully this week! So far it's very relatable and a great read. 

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        2. Refugee by Alan Gratz

This book is on my list because I have to read it for class. I'm excited to read it because I have heard wonderful things about it, but it's also for class. I'll let ya know how it goes and how I feel about it hopefully after October 16 because that is when the assignment over the book is due. 

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       3. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco 

If you have read my blog before, you will see that I did a review last year on Kerri's first book in this wonderful series, Stalking Jack the Ripper. You will also know how much I loved it! I cannot wait to read this book and I would read it first on this list, but I still need to order it. I know I know terrible fangirl for not preordering the book. 

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     4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

My fourth book I plan on reading is, of course, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It's a classic and one of my favorites that I reread every year. It is the spooky season so perfect Wuthering Heights reading time! I'd say it's cold weather season and that's the perfect time to read Wuthering Heights, but I live in Texas and it's currently still in the 80s and 90s. 

This or That Tag

Hey guys! I decided to do a little tag that I found on the interwebs because I haven't been posting on here as often as I'd like. So get ready for some tag posts in the near future as well! All photos used are not mine, I found them on pinterest. :) 

Physical book or e-book?
PHYSICAL BOOK. If you know me in real life you know how much I dislike e-books. I have to feel a book, and smell it, and you cannot do that with an e-book. Sometimes I wish I liked e-books just because it's cheaper and faster than going to a book store. But I just can't. 

Audio or book in hand?
Book in hand. My mind wanders too much with audio and I'll start doing everything that I actually need to get done. 

Paperback or hardcover?

 Both! Paperback because it's cheaper, and hardcover because they are so pretty and easier to display on my shelves. 

Adult or Young Adult?

Young Adult.

Series or standalone?

There are soo many good series out there, but I'm gunna have to go with standalone. 
Dog ears or bookmarks?
I'm guilty of dog earring a few books. Please don't kill me. But I do prefer bookmarks. 

Breaking the spine or barely opening the book?

Breaking the spine. I love it. and I know so many people hate this and think it's sooo terrible, but I gotta be able to see the words! 

"Spending this Saturday reading as much of 'Throne of Glass' as possible so I can move on to 'Crown of Midnight' if I decide to continue with this series. (Hopefully I will because I really want to love this series ) If I don't, I will read another Sarah J. Maas book that I just bought, 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' the cover is so pretty  { <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23bookstagram" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23bookstagram&rs=hashtag" rel="nofollow" title="#bookstagram search Pinterest">#bookstagram</a> <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23currentlyreading" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23currentlyreading&rs=hashtag" rel="nofollow" title="#currentlyreading search Pinterest">#currentlyreading</a> <a class="pintag" href="/explore/books/" title="#books explore Pinterest">#books</a> <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23bookworm" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23bookworm&rs=hashtag" rel="nofollow" title="#bookworm search Pinterest">#bookworm</a> <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23ya" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23ya&rs=hashtag" rel="nofollow" title="#ya search Pinterest">#ya</a> <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23booknerd" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23booknerd&rs=hashtag" rel="nofollow" title="#booknerd search Pinterest">#booknerd</a> <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23throneofglass" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23throneofglass&rs=hashtag" rel="nofollow" title="#throneofglass search Pinterest">#throneofglass</a> <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23sarahjmaas" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23sarahjmaas&rs=hashtag" rel="nofollow" title="#sarahjmaas search Pinterest">#sarahjmaas</a> <a class="pintag searchlink" data-query="%23epicreads" data-type="hashtag" href="/search/?q=%23epicreads&rs=hashtag" rel="nofollow" title="#epicreads search Pinterest">#epicreads</a> }"
Borrow or buy?
BUY. Once I read a book it becomes a part of me and I cannot give it up. It must stay with me. Along with that I don't lend out books. 
Bookstore or online?
I LOVE bookstores. They just relax me and I can spend hours in a bookstore. But buying books online is a whole lot cheaper, so I usually stick with purchasing the majority of my books online. 

Fiction or non-fiction?

Fiction. I'm just not the biggest fan of non-fiction. 
 Fantasy world or real life issues?
So hard to pick. I read both!! It really just depends on how I'm feeling. 

Kindle, iPad, or other?

Can I say none? I own both an ipad and a nook, and I just don't use them. I've had my ipad for 4 years and can count on one hand how many times I've actually used it. And the same for my nook but I've had it for almost 6 years! 

Monster read or short & sweet?

Depends on my mood. Sometimes you just need a short and sweet book to get through quickly and other times you need a monster read to dive into. 

Starry-eyed romance or full of action?

Romance. BUT my favorite is a book with both! Kicking butt, but also falling in love at the same time? Yes please. Some more Fangirl fanart. I loved this scene. Also if youve read the book, its definitely been one of THOSE weeks. So yeah. This was a fun reprieve. Just want to draw noodley dancing people all the time now.:

Curl up in a Snuggie or bathe in the sun?

Bathe in the sun!!!! I love laying out in the sun with a good book! Especially during the spring time! 
Read the review or decide for yourself?

Decide for myself. But I do watch a lot of reviews on booktube and purchase a lot of my books because of that.

                                                         Zombies or unicorns?
                                    Unicorns because zombies scare the crap out of me. 

Here is the link to the original post I found with this tag! Lauren Reads YA

March Uppercase Unboxing

Hello! Back again with another Uppercase Unboxing, since that seems to be all I do on here now. But HOPEFULLY that will change and I'll start posting more consistently about other things. 

I honestly did not think I was going to get my box this month because I never got a shipping email and I was so so so bummed. UNTIL, I stopped being lazy and went out and checked the mail today and found my box and then ran into my house, hoping my neighbors wouldn't see me 'cause ya girl was a mess this morning. 
This month we got socks!! I LOVE socks and they're Jane Austen socks, sooo that's 100x better than normal socks!! (I'll stop saying socks now) They are super cute and I cannot wait to wear them, but I'm also scared to get them dirty 😂 Next, we got a sticker that says "Book Hoarder" and has the most adorable little dragon on it. I also put it on my laptop as soon as I got done taking the picture of everything together. The last major item in this months box was a really pretty gold foil print of classic books. It so beautiful and it's definitely going to go in a frame. (from Bella Adele Co.) 

So the book for March is... Hunted by Meagan Spooner! And it is a signed copy. This book is absolutely perfect for the month of March because it is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and as just about everyone knows Beauty and the Beast came out this month! (unless you live under a rock, then sorry for the spoiler) Along with the book we got a Hunted bookmark and the usual reading experience bookmark that we get every month with Uppercase. 

I cannot wait to dive into this book soon! Thanks again Uppercase!! 💙

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Review of By Your Side by Kasie West (No Spoilers)

Listening to: How Would You Feel (Paean) by Ed Sheeran 

Yes, I did finally get through my terrible reading slump and finally read a book! 
Side note I literally just finished this book so this might not make sense at all, but I'm going to keep going with it because ow my heart. 

By Your Side by Kasie West. I've honestly had this book on my most anticipated reads of 2017 list and was so excited when I got it that I started reading it right then and there. This is the story of a girl (smash mouth anyone lol sorry) who gets stuck in a library over a 4 day weekend, the story of a girl who learns to accept herself, the story of a girl that struggles with anxiety and depression, and the story of a girl who falls in love. 

Set in the Provo Library in Utah, Autumn manages to get stuck in the library over Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. She was meant to be leaving with a big group of friends to go camping, but had to run to the bathroom really fast, which resulted in her friends leaving her at the library, locked inside alone. But she ends up, after having a major freak out, finding out that she's not alone in the library.  Dax, whom she recognizes from school is also "locked" inside. Dax is the guy at school that has the bad reputation, but doesn't even talk to anyone or feel the need to correct any of the false rumors. He's also pretty freakin hot. Basically a hot loner with some pretty big issues. 

That's all I'm going to sum up about this book, which is only just the very beginning, because I will end up giving EVERYTHING away if I continue. SO MUCH HAPPENS. A lot of unexpected things, so read this book!!! 

This book is amazing and made my heart feel all the things it's been needing to feel lately. Autumn is such a relatable character to those of us who do suffer from anxiety and the struggle of anxiety was represented so well in this book. I connected with Autumn's character so much because just like her, I struggle in crowds, confined places, and simply saying "no" to people because I don't want anyone to hate me. I really really recommend this book to anyone that struggles with anxiety because your story is out there and is being told. I also just recommend this book in general because it was such a cute contemporary read that made my heart so so happy. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars because it made me happy and I had too many emotions while reading this book.  ❤❤❤❤ Thank you Kasie West for giving my heart all the feels. 

February Uppercase Unboxing

Happy (late) Valentines Day!!
I have been very very very sick since Saturday so I spent my Valentines day curled up on my couch with my pup watching Friends and ended the day with a trip to the hospital because I just wasn't getting any better. I've now got lots of antibiotics and meds to get me better! 

When I found out that Uppercase was partnering with EpicReads for the February box, I kind of freaked out a little bit. I was so so excited because I love EpicReads! This months book is .... By Your Side by Kasie West!!! Again this is a book that was on my list because who wouldn't want to get stuck in a library?! (my number one dream)  This is an Uppercase Hardcover Edition and it is signed by Kasie West! And I may or may not have gotten carried away when I opened my box and just started reading it... oops. The second item I grabbed out of the cute Valentines Edition "bag/box" was Pride and Peppermint Tea!! THANK GOD BECAUSE NOW I DON'T HAVE TO DRAG MY SICK SELF TO THE STORE FOR MORE PEPPERMINT TEA!!! Tea and Pride and Prejudice are just two of the very many things I love and putting them together makes me a very happy girl! I've also gone ahead and started steeping a cup. Lets just say I rushed taking the photo this month because I was too excited for everything. Next bookish item was a Valentine Card from EpicReads that says "I'd share my books with you." This is very cute, but I currently would not share my books with anyone so this is the PERFECT bookmark :) This month to keep the theme of Valentines Day we got a laptop sticker that says "I <3 YA", which is super cute and very very fitting. The last item I pulled out of my box this month was a Sherlock Holmes 221B Key Necklace, which I LOVE and already plan on wearing it everyday because who doesn't love Sherlock Holmes?! 

This months Uppercase Box was absolutely PERFECT. Yall have just been on point since I subscribed and I cannot wait for the many more months to come! If you love YA, new releases, signed books, and bookish things you definitely need to check out Uppercase!! They have been so lovely and every month is like Christmas! http://uppercasebox.com/

The Books I Hope to Read in February

I was going to post a TBR, but TBR's just seem to set me up for failure. Since there's only like a week in a half left of January, I decided I would make a list of the books I hope to get to in the month of February. This list is just to let you know the book I'll possibly read and possible reviews you may see in the up coming future. (I'm pretty sure this is classified as a TBR, but we're going to pretend it's not) 

  • Frost Blood by Elly Blake
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon 
  • Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes - this book is for one of my classes so if you would like to see a review on it just let me know.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan - also for class
  • The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan- again for class
  • Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan- you guessed it, it's also for class 
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan - another one for class
  • The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan -the last one for class 
So as you can see most of the books I plan on reading are for one of my classes this semester. My midterm is a pretty cool project over an author and my author is Rick Riordan, of course. I will most likely put up reviews for all of the Rick Riordan books because it will help me out when it comes time to put the project together. And I also just really love Rick Riordan and Percy Jackson, so I'm so excited I have an excuse to buy and read his other books. 

Those are the books I PLAN on reading in February. Just remember that things happen and plans do change. Let me know what you plan on reading in the month of February below! Oh, and also if you have any bookish blog ideas you would like to see in the future let me know and I'll be happy to do that!