Saturday, April 14, 2018

Covers


I have been playing a lot of music lately, mostly on my guitar because I recently bought my dream guitar. All of this playing has resulted in a desire to want to share what I've been up too, and I just uploaded my first cover on Youtube, and I would mean a lot if you would be willing to dedicate some time to watch it. It's not a perfect video, but I'm so proud of it. - Jessica

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Books I Read in March


I had a really good reading month in March. I read 12 books, 5 of which were rereads. Here are the books I read and some of my spoiler free thoughts on them...

Shatter Me Series (Books 1-4) by Tahereh Mafi - This series follows Juliette, who has the power to kill people with her touch, as she falls into a plot to overthrow a corrupt government. I reread the first three books in this series in anticipation of the fourth novel, and I loved the original trilogy just as much the second time around. I absolutely love the direction that the fourth novel takes, and it really is the perfect continuation of the series and sets up so well for this next trilogy. I also really loved returning to the original characters and learning more about them. I read the fourth book in one sitting, because I couldn't put it down, and now I'm overcome with how much I need the next installment.

Illuminae Files Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - This is a science fiction series, told entirely through files (emails, transcriptions, photos...). I reread the first two books in anticipation of the series final, and I loved revisiting this world. There were a lot of details I had forgotten, and that helped wrap up the events of the third book. The third books is just as mind blowing and incredible as the first books. This is one of my favorite series and I highly recommend reading it.

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson - This book follows, Elena, who triggers an apocalypse, when she heals the fatal wound of the girl she likes. Shaun David Hutchinson is the author of one of my favorite books, We Are the Ants, so going into this book, I had high expectations. I ended up really enjoying this book, it has the same quirky vibes as the authors other works, and I really enjoyed how he wrote in some cameos from his other novels. 

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston - This is an Anastasia retelling, set in space and surrounds a group of outlaws. I really enjoyed this book, the Sci-Fi elements add a really cool twist onto the classic story. I also really enjoyed the characters and the world building. I'm looking forward to picking up the sequel, when it comes out.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren - This story follows Tanner, who takes a seminar class and meets Sebastian, a Morman, and quickly falls in love with him. I really enjoyed this book, it has great representation, and tackles a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding bisexuals and LDS followings. This was the first contemporary novel, I read this year and was the perfect book to read after watching Love, Simon. 

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo - This book follows a siren, who is punished and turned into a human, as she sets out to redeem herself and kill a prince known as the Siren Killer. I absolutely loved this book, it has fantastic character development. I felt like this book had all the capabilities of a slow burn series, but is only 342 pages. 

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner - This book is pitched as Indian Jones meets Lara Croft, in Space, and it's honestly such an accurate description. I really enjoyed this novel, I loved the characters and the storyline is completely gripping. This book also played perfectly into my linguistics degree, and there's so many interesting puzzles and mysteries. I rated this book a 4.5/5 stars, because I do think there was too much "instalove" between the two main characters, but I still really love the direction this duology is headed. 

And those are all the books I read. I have a list of books I'm hoping to get to in April, including rereading the Red Queen series, so hopefully everything goes according to plan. - Jessica

Saturday, March 31, 2018

March Snapshots


1. I love spring time, when everything is in bloom.


2 & 3. Some recent subscription box purchases, which I have been loving. The first is from the Novelly Yours' February candle box, which was Lunar Chronicles themed. The second is from the Nerdy Post March box, which was Dumbledore themed. If you couldn't tell, I have a slight weakness when it comes to subscription boxes. 


4 & 5. Adventures with Fawkes. He loves going to Zilker Park and I was even able to take him to a dog friendly bookstore. - Jessica

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Fawkes


It's officially my favorite season, Bluebonnet season, and every year make it a point to snap some photos at a patch. This time around, it wanted to finally get photos of Fawkes in bluebonnets, because I failed at doing so last year. So here are my favorite photos, I honestly can't get over how cute he is in these.


- Jessica

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Castle Hill


Earlier this year, the city of Austin voted to demolish Graffiti Park at Castle Hill. I felt like this was a huge blow to the culture of the city, and although they do plan on relocating the attraction, it's still feels disappointing. My friend and I decided to visit the park one last time. The last time we went there, we had a full shoot (in the sweltering heat), but this time we just took a few photos. It was definitely nice to stop by again and see how it's constantly changing. It will be interesting to see how the relocation holds up. - Jessica