Mid Year Book Freakout! Best, Worst, & What I Want to Finish

Hi hi hi! Me again, back atcha with more bookish content! Today I’m posting my “Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag”, a tag that circulates the book community around this time (can you believe it’s already the middle of 2020? Honestly, good riddance).

Since I’m pretty new to book blogging and haven’t built up many friends or followers yet, I figured this would be a great way to introduce myself and my reading tastes and give people a feel for the kind of stuff I like to consume!! (No, I don’t mean cake, I mean stories! 😉).

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Wrap Up & Reflection: A Successful Month!

Wow, this month has been a wild one. It started off pretty slow – I think I only read one or two books within the first two weeks of the month. But as I got more into job hunting, I think I sought an escape from the tragedy of being unemployed and began to really read anything and everything! My boyfriend also visited for a week, so we of course had to catch up on movie nights, meaning I watched a few fun things as well (:

(My library also reopened, and I kind of have a problem with checking out too many books…)

This one is a bit longer, so settle in! Here we go (:

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Get a Life, Chloe Brown Review

AUTHOR : Talia Hibbert
PUBLISHED ON :
PUBLISHER : HARPERTEEN
GENRE : FICTION, YA CONTEMPORARY, VERSE, RELIGIOUS THEMES
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“She was the woman who’d come here to ask about love. She was the woman who’d decided to change her entire life with nothing but a list. She was the woman who survived, every single day. She was Chloe fucking Brown, and she was starting to wonder if she’d been brave from the beginning. If she’d just needed to love herself enough to realize it.”

I’ll be totally honest and say I’ve had this book sitting on my bookshelves for almost three weeks before I decided to pick it up (thanks, booktube hype!). The sequel, Take a Hint, Dani Brown, didn’t even need to sit on my bookshelves because I’m currently devouring it.

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The Poet X Review

AUTHOR : ELIZABETH ACEVEDO
PUBLISHED ON : MAR. 6, 2018
PUBLISHER : HARPERTEEN
GENRE : FICTION, YA CONTEMPORARY, VERSE, RELIGIOUS THEMES
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“My little words

feel important, just for a moment.

This is a feeling I could get used to.”

TW: sexism/misogyny, homophobia, strict religious parents

This book is written completely in verse.

Every single page, every single word, is part of a poem. It’s gorgeous and hard-hitting and powerful, and absolutely different from anything I’ve ever read before. I loved it.

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Felix Ever After Review

Author : Kacen Callender
Published on : May 5, 2020
Publisher : HarperCollins
Genre :
Fiction, YA Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
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“Being trans brings me love. It brings me happiness, It gives me power. It makes me feel like I’m a god. I wouldn’t change myself for anything.”

Disclaimer: This book features a Black, queer, transgender main character. As I am not any of those things, I can’t speak for the representation of these groups!

TW: transphobia, bullying & use of deadname

Where, oh where, do I even start with this one?

I stumbled upon Felix Ever After in the usual way; seeing people rave about it online. After an impromptu trip to the bookstore w/ my mom, I saw it in all its gorgeous-cover glory on display and had to pick it up! As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I’ve dedicated June to reading books by/featuring LGBTQIAP+ or POC characters, and just couldn’t say no to this one.

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Juliet Takes a Breath Review

Author : Gabby Rivera
Published on : Sept. 17, 2019
Publisher : Penguin
Genre : Fiction, YA Contemporary, LGBTQIA+, Intersectional Feminism
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“I wanted her to change my world.”
“Mi amor, only you can change your world.”

Disclaimer: Before I review this awesome book, I just want to say that I can in no way speak for the representation present in this particular story. Juliet is a Puerto Rican lesbian female from the Bronx who has her own unique voice, and while I’d like to think that this representation is kickass, I am not in any of the represented groups in this book and cannot make such claims!

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