A Quick Break

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to make a short post telling you all that I’m going to be taking what I hope to be a short hiatus from this blog. Some personal stuff has come up on top of my school schedule, and having all of that together has begun to really overwhelm me. I just haven’t had time to do much of anything outside of schoolwork, which includes write up blog posts (which is why I missed my post from earlier this week). I’m really disappointed that I have to do this so soon after I started this blog, but it is just a break.

I have every intention of coming back, but I do need a little time away. At the latest, I’ll be back at the end of the month, although I really hope it will be sooner. I’ll still pop on every once in a while to read all of your wonderful posts, but, unfortunately, I won’t be as consistent as I have been.

Thanks for understanding, and I’ll be back as soon as I can!

Keep reading,

Francesca M. Healy (1)

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | unsurprisingly heartbreaking, surprisingly philosophical

OVERALL:  ★★★★/5

 (Goodreads summary here.)

I read my first Adam Silvera book back in February of this year (History Is All You Left Me), and I knew then that Silvera would always break my heart and I would be (mostly) okay with it. They Both Die at the End definitely met that standard. 

I wasn’t sure how I would feel going into this book. For starters, the title obviously gives the ending away, and I wasn’t sure for a while how I felt about that. I like being surprised by the events of a novel, and if the title spoils the ending, where’s the fun? I am happy to report I was totally wrong. The fact that I knew both Mateo and Rufus wouldn’t make it beyond the book just kept me on my toes. I kept waiting for it to happen, even when there were still 200 pages left in the book. It was terrifying. I kept wondering when and how and who and why, and those are the kinds of questions that will always keep me reading.  

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September Wrap-Up and October Goals

Hello all! Once again, we’re at the beginning of another month, and we keep marching through 2018. But October means fall and Halloween and sweater weather, so I’m down for this. I can’t wait for the leaves to start changing and for it to finally get chilly and stay chilly (Ohio weather is bizarre since it was perfect fall weather just last week but now it’s 75 again.) Anyways, let’s get into what September was like for me, and what I hope October will be like!

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Mini Reviews: If We Were Villains + The Belles

Hello all! I mentioned this before, but I have decided that I am going to start posting mini-reviews for books I’ve read but don’t have enough to say to write a full review. This means they’ll largely be books I give average ratings to, although there may be some 4-star ratings here and there that I simply don’t have a lot to say about. I’ll probably end up doing groups of 2, since they’re still kind of long (and to help give me more posts). They will typically be spoiler free since I don’t have that much to say, but, as always, I’ll let you know if there will be any. Without further ado, here are my first couple of mini reviews!

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Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann | insightful, relatable, and adorable

OVERALL: ★★★★/5

(Goodreads summary here.)

My quest to read every book with an ace main character continues. This, along with Alice Oseman’s Radio Silence and Kathryn Ormsbee’s Tash Hearts Tolstoy, pops up on every list I find and for good reason.

At first, I wasn’t sure this book was going to be one I actually liked. As the book progressed, however, it transformed from something I thought I could pass on to something that I adored. I also read it in nearly one sitting, which is a testament to how invested I was in the characters and the story. Read More »

Overcoming the Slump: What to Do When You Don’t Feel Like Reading | Discussion

The scene: I have the day off, and I’m super excited because it means I have the whole day to read. I’ve just finished a book I enjoyed, but it wasn’t one of those where I’m still stuck in the world. I feel like I’m ready to move onto the next one because it’s one I’ve been waiting on.

I pick up the book. I read 4 pages. I put the book back down. I pick up a different one. I read 7 pages of that one. I put that one back down. And repeat for 4 books. I give up.

The infernal book slump. I think we’ve all been there before as bookworms. That feeling where no matter what you try to read, nothing’s making the cut. It’s infuriating, especially when you have nothing else slated for the day. It’s really a tragedy beyond belief.

So we’ve acknowledged the issue. What now?

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OwlCrate Unboxing August 2018: RUTHLESS ROYALS

Once again, I am back with a super late unboxing of the August OwlCrate. I get so wrapped up in my other posts that I forget to schedule these ones (oops). Anyway, this will actually NOT be my last OwlCrate unboxing, as I decided I wanted to get the September box after seeing the theme reveal. It’s actually been a bit of a struggle, but I’ll get to that at the end. All that said, I was really excited for this box, so let’s get on with what was in the Ruthless Royals box!

owlcrate spoilers

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War Storm by Victoria Aveyard | a high-stakes political finale

OVERALL:  ★★★★/5

(Goodreads summary here.)

I was so scared to start this book. I know that the Red Queen series stirs a lot of mixed emotions, but I have always loved it. I read the first book very shortly after it was released, so I’ve invested a lot of time and emotion into this series. The last thing I wanted was to be disappointed by the finale.

And, fortunately, I was not.

There’s a lot to unpack with this one (it is a bit of a monster at 650+ pages), so bear with me. I have a lot of thoughts (and 7 pages of notes), so get ready for a long one. I promise I’ll try to keep it interesting. Also, since it is the last book in a series, there will be spoilers for the previous 3 books, so reader beware!

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August Wrap-Up and September Goals

Ah, yes. We’ve come to a close of yet another month. This one was actually okay with me, because my birthday is the last day of August (aka yesterday if you’re reading this the day of posting), so I’m always excited for the end of this month. It also means I am FINALLY back at school with all of my wonderful friends and teammates, who I’ve missed dearly all summer. Before I get too sappy, let’s get on with the reading stuff.

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