2019 Challenges

Where has the year gone? With everything that happened last year (graduating college, starting my career as a teacher) and me getting engaged yesterday, I really didn’t keep up with the challenges last year like I would have liked to. This upcoming year, I hope to complete my challenges as well as keep up with this page and the bookish community. So with all that said here are the challenges that I hope to participate in this year.


  1. The 2019 A to Z Reading Challenge hosted by Gingermom

pinterest challenge co-hosted


2. 2019 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge-Author Edition hosted by Escapewithdollycas


3. Ampersand 2019 Reading Challenge

Join me for my #Ampersand2019 reading challenge!


4. Beat The Backlist 2019 hosted by NovelKnight


5. Popsugar 2019 Challenge

Reading Challenge 2019


6.  Retelling Bingo @cornerfolds

7. 2019 TBR and Beyond Challenge

8. New Releases Challenge- Unconventional Bookworms


and lastly a few personal challenges that I created for myself.

9. States Challenge- I will attempt to read a book set in each of the 50 states

10. Latinx reads- I will attempt to read as many books about or by Latinx authors

11. Diversity/own voices challenge


Please feel free to recommend books for anyof the challenges and let me know if you are participating in any of these!


The Accidental Bad Girl by Maxine Kaplan

The Accidental Bad Girl(photo was taken from Goodreads)

Goodreads Description

After getting caught hooking up with her best friend’s ex on the last day of junior year, Kendall starts senior year friendless and ostracized. She plans to keep her head down until she graduates. But after discovering her online identity has been hacked and she’s being framed for stealing from a dealer, Kendall is drawn into a tenuous partnership with the mastermind of a drug ring lurking in the shadows of her Brooklyn private school. If she wants to repair her tattered reputation and save her neck, she’ll have to decide who she really is—and own it. The longer she plays the role of “bad girl,” the more she becomes her new reputation. Friends and enemies, detectives and drug dealers—no one is who they appear to be. Least of all Kendall.


My Review

I really enjoyed reading this book. Kendall was so awesome and did what she had to. She’s a strong character who doesn’t take crap. I loved the entire story and the journey along with all the craziness and drama. Kendall has friends that help her along the way- Gilly and Simone. Simone is unapologetically a badass who isn’t afraid to be herself. Gilly is the drama tech guy who is by her side.  Kendall is forced into a bad situation and has to find her way out. Sorry this is all over the place. It was overall an amazing book that I absolutely loved!

Down the TBR hole #12

Here is the 12th edition of Down the TBR hole originally created by Lost in A Story. . My TBR is currently at 1535.
The rules are simple:
Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
Read the synopses of the books
Decide: keep it or should it go?
***All photos were taken from Goodreads.com***

1. Stardust



I think this is a movie too right?

Verdict: Go


2. Lady Midnight

Date Added: 4/11/18

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

Verdict: Keep

3. The Bane Chronicles

Date Added: 4/11/16

The Bane Chronicles (The Bane Chronicles)

Verdict: Keep

4. Monument 14

Date Added: 4/11/16

Monument 14 (Monument 14, #1)

I feel like I have outgrown books like this.

Verdict: Go

5. Past Suspicion

Date Added: 4/11/16

Past Suspicion

Verdict: Go

End Total: 1532


Sneak Peak: The next review should be “The Accidental Bad Girl” by Maxine Kaplan


New Phone, Who Dis?

So I know it has been a long while. I am sooooo sorry. Thank you for sticking with me! School has been super hectic. I graduate in 2 weeks so this summer I plan on posting A LOT more. Within the next few weeks, I will be catching you all up on what I’ve been reading (I’ve actually been doing a great job on that front). I also plan on reading as many of my ARCS as possible this summer (new and old) and trying to organize a schedule with my blog. (and hopefully possible finding a job). In the meantime, leave the recommendation is the comments. I want books that give you all the feels. Catch me up on what you are reading, shows you are watching, adaptations that you are looking for, or anything else.

February Wrap Up

(All photos were taken from Goodreads.com)

1. Red Glass by Laura Resau

 Red Glass

3/5 stars



2. Beautiful Creatures- Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

3/5 stars


3. Illegal- Bettina Restrepo


5/5 stars



4. Quidditch Through the Ages

Quidditch Through the Ages

3/5 stars

5. City of Glass

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)

5/5 stars

6. Frankie


5/5 stars


7. The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

5.5 stars


8. Mr. 60%

Mr. 60%

3/5 stars

9. Renegades

Renegades (Renegades, #1)

4/5 stars



So this is a bit late because I got super sick last month and I was so stressed over school and trying to keep up with everything that I decided to take a break.


Illegal by Bettina Restrepo


(Photo Taken from Goodreads.com)

Goodreads Description

A promise.
A promise that we would be together on my fifteenth birthday . . .

Instead, Nora is on a desperate journey far away from home. When her father leaves their beloved Mexico in search of work, Nora stays behind. She fights to make sense of her loss while living in poverty—waiting for her father’s return and a better day. When the letters and money stop coming, Nora decides that she and her mother must look for him in Texas. After a frightening experience crossing the border, the two are all alone in a strange place. Now, Nora must find the strength to survive while aching for small comforts: friends, a new school, and her precious quinceañera.

Bettina Restrepo’s gripping, deeply hopeful debut novel captures the challenges of one girl’s unique yet universal immigrant experience.

My Review

I am sort of at a loss for word in describing this book. I absolutely loved it. I can’t believe I waited so long to read this. This young girls journey to find her father and the struggle was something that I couldn’t even imagine but know that it happens often. I felt like some things kind of gloss the surface and it needed more depth but I felt like for the intended audience, it is probably meant to happen. I want more books like this !


Semi- Spoiler



Okay I am getting so frustrated with books where the parents seem so helpless and the child is the boss and makes the decisions and have to baby the parents. It frustrates me so much in books, movies, life… Sorry.. another mini- rant.

Beautiful Creatures- Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

(Photo was taken from Goodreads.com)

Goodreads Description

Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.

Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

My Review

I want to start by saying that I didn’t love this book nor hate it. I guess since I am reading the second book, I liked it more than not. At times, it seemed to drag and I honestly don’t think that I could have finished it if it weren’t for the read aloud that I am doing with a few people. I am hoping that now that all the background was told and set, that the next book will have a bit more action. I also watched the movie… and it was awful. It went on its own little tangent and didn’t even follow the book. Everything was different and it seriously annoyed me. I mean I don’t usually mind adaptations as much as everyone else seems to but this one seriously irked me. I mean the movie was just bad, and I watched it before I even finished the book. Okay… Rant over.

Rating: 3/5 stars