Bookish Gift Ideas #1

Hello and welcome to my blog! On basically any gift-giving occasion, my partner (Rob) and I end up trying to find bookish things we can get each other. While our usual default is actual books, we sometimes come up with ideas that are more outside of the box. I wanted to share some of these with you in case you’re interested in getting some!

Included below are things that we’ve bought and things that we’ve been interested in buying. Each product will have an affiliate link for you to purchase it on Amazon if you so choose (if I can find one). As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This comes at no additional cost to you.

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Trope-ical Readathon (March 2022) Wrap Up

Hi everyone! If you’ve been following me on here or on Twitter, my partner and I hosted another round of Trope-ical Readathon this past month. Today I’ll finally be going through the books that I read!

Once again, I was on Team Romance and my goal was to complete all 15 challenges and read all Team Books for a total of 20 books. This round, I ended with a total of 40 books!

Since there are a lot of books to cover, I’m just going to break them down by rating. I’m leaving out one book The Invisible Kingdom by Meghan O’Rourke because it was a non-fiction and I typically don’t rate non-fiction books by stars.

All of the titles below are links to purchase the book on Amazon (affiliate links). As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This comes at no additional cost to you.

And that’s a wrap! If you’re interested in participating in our next round of Trope-ical Readathon, follow the readathon Twitter account @tropeicalreads!

July 2021 Wrap Up

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since my last monthly wrap up, but I’m trying to be better about posting on my blog.

I haven’t been reading as much books as I would like to be but I read a total of 11 books in July.


Shipped by Angie Hockman

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I’ve had this on my TBR for a while as I received it in a book box earlier this year. Even though I had the paperback, I decided to listen to it on audiobook so that I could get some work done at the same time. This was a cute and fun read that is marketed as hate-to-love, but really the hate part goes away very quickly.

You can purchase Shipped on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This book is so hyped that I was very excited to finally read it in order to watch the TV series. I also listened to this on audiobook with my partner Rob and unfortunately we both didn’t get on with it. It was more boring than I expected and its one of those books that doesn’t have a solid ending because its the first in a series.

You can purchase Shadow and Bone on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

Clueless in Croatia by Joy Skye

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I read this for a blog tour so you can read my full thoughts here. This book had its cute moments but it relied very heavily on the miscommunication trope which is one of my least favorite things of all time. The ending left me with many unanswered questions that I can only hope to figure out some day.

You can purchase Clueless in Croatia on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was another book that I read for a blog tour and you can find my full thoughts here. This was a cute but predictable YA contemporary romance story. It deals with toxic parent/child relationships, so it can be hard to read at times and the pacing was just a bit off for my liking. All in all though, it was an enjoyable read.

You can purchase The Right Side of Reckless on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I wanted to like this book so badly. It started off really well but I felt like it was trying way too hard. The changing timelines got old very quickly for me to the point where I was downright annoyed whenever we switched from past to present and vice versa. Also every character was a horrible person lol.

You can purchase The Guest List on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

The Best Man by A.S. Kelly

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This was an audiobook tour that I participated in so you can read my full thoughts here. This was a character driven contemporary novel that I unfortunately didn’t feel any ties to. The beginning is completely bonkers while also being kind of hilarious, but the middle of the novel has almost no plot. This was my first audiobook tour and it was a fun experience.

You can purchase The Best Man on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book managed to be so boring but absolutely hilarious at the same time. The plot is SUPER predictable and I don’t even know if that was the point? It was basically 300 pages of me wishing the main character would figure out what literally everyone else had already figure out.

You can purchase The Extraordinaries on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

A Summer of Surprises by Rosie Green

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was another book that I read for a blog tour and you can find my full thoughts here. This book looks like its a romance but it’s really a cozy mystery. I found the romantic undertones very cute and this book was full of likable characters. It’s book 16 in a series, but I had no problem reading it as a standalone.

You can purchase A Summer of Surprises on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This book/series is so incredibly hyped that I basically bought the entire series used before reading any of them. I’m so sad to discover that I didn’t care for Cinder at all. Almost nothing happens in the book and it’s incredibly predictable. It also doesn’t really have an ending because it’s setting up for the rest of the series.

You can purchase Cinder on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

Ink Knows no Borders edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Ink Knows no Borders is an anthology of poems (some long, some short) about what it means to be an immigrant/refugee. There were some poems that I really really liked and some that I didn’t really care for. I never know how to rate poetry because its so subjective, so this one was hard to review.

You can purchase Ink Knows no Borders on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was another book that I wasn’t sure how to rate. It’s a very short read but again not much really happens. The plot is driven by mythology and culture in a way that worked pretty well for me. It’s definitely a book that could have a sequel but it might be more powerful as a standalone.

You can purchase The Whale Rider on Amazon here (affiliate link) and view its trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation info on booktriggerwarnings.com.

And that’s it! How many books did you manage to read in July?


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April 2021 Wrap Up

Hello! I’m bringing you a wrap up post at a slightly more reasonable time than before! (Remember when I did an August Wrap Up in November? 😂)

April wasn’t the best reading month for me because I entered a reading slump immediately following Trope-ical Readathon, but I managed to read 7 books. Let’s see what they were!


The Order of the Key by Justine Manzano

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I got this from the author as an ARC last year and I took way too long to review it. In the end, I enjoyed it very much! I think it’s a book that works better if you spread out your reading rather than trying to read it all in one go. You can read my full review here.

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This book was such a joy! I really liked the way Becky Albertalli wrote this and the emphasis it puts on having healthy relationships with the people around you. I read this for a blog tour with The Write Reads, so you can read my full review here.

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I read this for my Agatha Christie readalong with some of the TWR Crew. It is a collection of 11-13 short stories depending on which edition you have and my overall feeling was that the stories were too short for me to really care about any of them. I have a post in my drafts for my review of this book so hopefully I can get it posted soon!

Janey Trelawney’s Year of Surprising Triumphs by Georgia Hill

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This was a cute contemporary that I read for a blog tour with Rachel’s Random Resources. It features some really supportive friendships and important themes about working together toward a common goal. Although I found the villain to be a bit over the top, it was still an enjoyable read. You can read my full review here.

Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read this book for a book club read with some of the TWR Crew. It started off incredibly strong and I was convinced it was going to be a 5 star read, but the ending seemed rushed and left too many unanswered questions. It was marketed as a standalone but the ending makes it seem like it’s actually going to be part of a series so I have no idea what’s happening. Hopefully I can get a review posted for this if I remember!

Sun of a Beach by Mia Sosa

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa and enjoyed it, so when I saw that she had an Audible Original available, I jumped at the chance to listen to it. It’s a very short listen about a cute vacation romance. It’s a bit rushed due to the length but enjoyable nonetheless.

In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I listened to this book on Audible as well and enjoyed it a lot too. The story is about a time loop and manages to be both predictable and heartwarming at the same time. The main romance seems a bit too perfect, but I think that’s one of the things I loved about it. You can read my full review here.


And that’s it! How many books did you manage to read in April?

May 2021: TBR Announcement

Hey look it’s me posting something time-sensitive at a reasonable point in the month!

I took a kind of personal oath to accept less blog tours this year to help with my stress, so I only have one planned blog tour for May. This is much better than the months where I had 7+ 😅

My partner and I are also continuing with our practice of choosing books for the other to read. We’ve lowered it to 2 books a month instead of 3: one from our established TBR and one wildcard.

Let’s get started!

May 2021 TBR

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Rob’s Choices:

May Blog Tours/Book Clubs:

Additional Books

These are books that I’ve wanted to get to (or finish reading) for a while and hope to also read this month.

That’s all for now! Wish me luck! Have you read any of these books? Are you interested in any of these books? Tell me in the comments below!

Guest Post: Down the “look-into” hole #2 (with Bookrob13)

Note from Jenny: This is round two of the “Down the Look-Into Hole” series with Bookrob13! If you missed round one, you can find it here. This series consists of guest-posts by my partner, Rob, so the entire post is him talking, not me!

Subtitle: Staring down the look-into hole and seeing through to the other side.

What is “Down the Look-Into Hole?” This series is kind of the same thing as a “Down the tbr hole”, except that a while back I noticed that there were books that I wanted to keep in mind without necessarily knowing that I definitely wanted to read them. This lead me to create a ‘look-into’ list on Goodreads. In this post, I’ll continue going through this list and decide whether to “TBR IT” or “FLUSH IT”. As is customary, I’ll go through the list starting with the book that’s been on the list the longest. Let’s get started!

Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

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I’ve heard that Helen Oyeyemi writes really interesting and strange books, and that’s a big selling point for me! It seems to be about a family that passes down some special gingerbread recipe. The teenage protagonist and her mother set out to find the mother’s childhood friend and this seems to lead them on an interesting journey. I don’t totally understand, but I suspect this premise isn’t the main point of the book. Here’s an excerpt from the first page:

A gingerbread addict once told Harriet that eating her gingerbread is like eating revenge. “It’s like noshing on the actual and anatomical heart of somebody who scarred your beloved and thought they’d got away with it,” the gingerbread addict said. “That heart, ground to ash and short through with darts of heat, salt, spice, and sulfurous syrup, as if honey was measured out, set ablaze, and trickled through the dough along with the liquefied spoon. You are phenomenal. You’ve ruined my life forever. Thank you.”

I’m intrigued! I’ll say yes, but if you think there’s another book by her that I should read instead, comment below!

Verdict: TBR IT!

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

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I actually just last night started Emily St. John Mandel’s previous book, Station Eleven, as an audiobook and I’m really liking it! It’s a book about a massive pandemic that ends society as we know it (maybe a bit too topical) and I’m really liking the way the author sets the atmosphere, and also her way of gettin at human nature. I should probably wait ’til I’m done with Station Eleven before moving this book to my TBR, but you know what, I’m really liking Emily St. John Mandel’s writing, so let’s just do it!

Verdict: TBR IT!

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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I’m going to be honest, I have no idea why I put this book on here. I recognize the book–and it’s not that I don’t think it belongs–I just don’t remember what drew me to it. That probably means I should kick it off. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll see it in a bookstore, pick it up, read the beginning, and get hooked. In the meantime, I’ll leave this massive historical mystery novel aside.

Verdict: FLUSH IT!

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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I’ve been thinking about reading this one for quite a while now, and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I’m frankly surprised I haven’t already put it on my TBR. This is an intriguing mystery/thriller set in Nigeria about a woman who cleans up after her younger sister (repeatedly!) kills her boyfriends in apparent self-defense. Looks like things get tense (as if they aren’t already!) when the younger sister starts dating the protagonist’s crush! I’m in!

Verdict: TBR IT!

Finna by Nino Cipri

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This looks like the kind of wacky story that’s right up my alley. A customer at a furniture store gets sucked into another dimension and two workers need to track them down so that the company’s profits don’t suffer. The twist: the two workers were dating until a week ago! This novella is nominated for both the Nebula and the Hugo this year and I made lists of Hugo- and Nebula-nominated books I want to read before the ceremonies, but… I didn’t add this one! I think that means I’ll be passing on this for now.

Verdict: FLUSH IT!

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

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As you may know, I tend to read a lot of science fiction. Annihilation is one of the most successful sci-fi books of the past decade (I think), so that explains why it’s on my radar. It looks like this is a story of an expedition entering some sort of post-apocalyptic zone where strange, unexplained things have happened. Add some intrigue amongst the members of the expedition and I’m sold!

Verdict: TBR IT!

Hall of Smoke by H.M. Long

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This looks to be an epic fantasy novel inspired by viking mythology. A warrior priestess is out for revenge after raiders destroy her village. This looks pretty interesting, and I really like the cover, but I’ve been burned by fantasy novels lately. Plus, I can’t put everything on my TBR (right?), so I’ll set this one aside for now.

Verdict: FLUSH IT!

Going through this shelf, I’ve also realized that there’s a couple books that are actually on my physical TBR, so I get to TBR those too! We actually bought these two books yesterday! Here they are:

Jackpot by Nic Stone

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I really liked Nic Stone’s Dear Martin. It was a powerful story with compelling writing that really gripped me. Jackpot seems to continue the motif of following a teen dealing with the struggles of societal injustices. Rico, a high-schooler who works as a cashier teams up with her super-rich classmate, Zan, to find a customer who bought a winning lotto ticket that hasn’t been claimed yet. It looks like their journey will give us all a lot to think about. I’ve been very excited to read another Nic Stone novel, so let’s do this!

Verdict: TBR IT!

Red Widow by Alma Katsu

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I’ve been in the market for a spy thriller for a while now, and I’ve also been intrigued by Alma Katsu’s books. When I heard she was releasing a spy thriller and actually worked in intelligence for over 30 years, my curiosity was piqued! Once I picked up the book and read the first page, I was completely sold. This seems to be about two CIA agents involved in discovering an internal threat to the Russia Division. Lyndsey Duncan seems to be a senior agent and she’s in charge of the internal investigation. She becomes friends with Theresa Warner, the titular “Red Widow” and I guess intrigue ensues!

Verdict: TBR IT!

Well, that’s just 9 books out of 93 on my “look-into” list, but I still call that progress! Did I make any mistakes? Let me know!


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Trope-ical Readathon (March 2021) Wrap Up

Hi everyone! If you’ve been following me on here or on Twitter, my partner and I hosted another round of Trope-ical Readathon this past month. Today I’ll finally be going through the books that I read!

Once again, I was on Team Romance and my goal was to complete all 15 challenges and read all Team Books for a total of 20 books. This round, I ended with a total of 34 books (24 books, 10 manga)

Since there are a lot of books to cover, I’m just going to break them down by rating. I’m leaving out the 10 graphic novels I read but if you’re curious, they were the first 10 volumes of Inuyasha. I’m also leaving out Twilight by Stephenie Meyer because it was a reread and I couldn’t separate my adult feelings from high school nostalgia.

All of the titles below are links to purchase the book on Amazon (affiliate link). As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This comes at no additional cost to you.

And that’s a wrap! If you’re interested in participating in our next round of Trope-ical Readathon, follow the readathon Twitter account @tropeicalreads!

January TBR Announcement

It’s my first post of 2021 and today I’m bringing you my January TBR!

I’m participating in several TBR challenges and blog tours, so I have quite a few books I need to read for January. If you were here for my last TBR Announcement, you’ll also know that my partner and I have started a new thing where we each choose 3 books for the other to read during the month (two from our already established TBR and one wildcard).

Let’s get started!

January TBR

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Rob’s Choices:

December Blog Tours/Requested Reviews:

Additional Books

These are books that I’ve wanted to get to for a while or are part of book clubs/challenges that I’m participating in.

That’s all for now (and it’s a LOT)! Have you read any of these books? Are you interested in any of these books? Tell me in the comments below!

#Blogmas Day 25: My 2020 Bookish Christmas Gifts

Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates!! Today is the final day of blogmas and I’m bringing to you a list of bookish presents I received this Christmas!

Every Christmas, my family asks me to make an Amazon Wishlist of gifts I want so that they know what to get me. As you might imagine, I listed a lot of books this year. On top of that, my partner, Rob, knows that I’m a fan of bookish goods and items that can improve my bookstagram account (and to start up my non-existent booktube). As a result, my Christmas this year was more of a Bookmas with loads of bookish goodies! I’ll list them below.

  • The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez
  • The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson
  • The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
  • Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund
  • Halo: The Flood by William C. Dietz
  • Halo: The First Strike by Eric Nylund
  • Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall
  • The Fascinators by Andrew Eliopulos
  • Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith
  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
  • Fable by Adrienne Young
  • Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston
  • The Dreamer’s Trilogy beanie/tuque
  • LED tripod w/ ring light

Non-bookish goodies I received this year were:

  • A muffin pan (we learned the hard way last year that we don’t own one when we tried to make something that required a muffin pan and ended up trying to jerry rig a solution)
  • A karaoke machine
  • ???? (my family says I have like two more things on the way so I don’t know what these are yet)

Did you get any bookish gifts this holiday season? Tell me in the comments below!

#Blogmas Day 23: WWW Wednesday – December 23, 2020

Round five of WWW Wednesday and Day 16 of Blogmas! For my last WWW Wednesday post, click here. For more information about Blogmas, you can read my introduction post.

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Taking on a World of Words, where you answer the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What have you recently finished?
  • What are you reading next?

If you’re interested in information about the trigger/content warnings, tropes, and representation found in any of the following books, you can search them on BookTriggerWarnings.com

Currently Reading

I am happy(ish) to announce that the only books I am currently reading are two from my last two WWW Wednesday books:

  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

I haven’t made any progress on them this month, but now that I’ve caught up on my other reading, I should be able to finish them within the next week!

Recently Finished

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read this for a blog tour for The Write Reads and I really enjoyed it! I’m not much of a Middle Grade reader so I can’t really say how well it fits into that age category, but I think readers of all ages will find enjoyment in Amari and the Night Brothers.

You can read my full review here.

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This was another wonderful book club read with my crew at The Write Reads! We don’t have a book club name yet but I’m referring to it as the “Hannah Didn’t Know She Started a Book Club” Book Club for now.

This was a book that took a while for me to get into because I don’t care for historical novels, but once the action started going, I really enjoyed it! Though I was upset with the ending, I was still satisfied by it–if that makes any sense.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I just finished this one earlier this evening. I didn’t know what to expect, but I guess it was better than I thought it would be? This is one of the books on my TBR that my partner, Rob, chose for me to read and it’s a novella so it was pretty quick. I was surprised (and impressed) by how much happened in such a short amount of pages. I think I’ll definitely pick up the next book in the series at some point.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This was another book chosen by Rob and he chose it because it was a 5-star book for him and one of his all time favorites. Although I didn’t like it as much as he did, I still thought it was a really good book! It is just over 800 pages so it’s a bunch of a chonker, but I didn’t feel bored at any point. I read it in 50-150 page chunks so that might have helped a bit.

Reading Next

There are two more books that I want to have finished before the new year!

  • One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train is a book for another book club I’m part of (The Backlist Readers Book Club) and One of Us is Next is the last book that Rob chose for my December TBR. I’m trying to read these as fast as I can, but with Christmas coming up, I also want to be able to take some time to rest. Can I do both? Who knows! Wish me luck!


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