Why I’m Giving Up On The Breathless by Tara Goedjen

TITLE: The Breathless 
AUTHOR: Tara Goedjen
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Mae is coping with her sister’s loss when she finds a mysterious green book and Cage reappears after a year long absence claiming he doesn’t remember Ro’s death (he was her boyfriend)
GENRE: Gothic | Young Adult | Mystery | Supernatural
RATING: DNF (Did Not Finish)
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.



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Am I Growing Out of YA?

The YA genre is what reignited my love for reading when I was in middle school. Realizing that I could suddenly read about people my age was an amazing discovery for me at that age. I had grown out of kids books like Junie B. Jones and Charlotte’s Web and entered the world of teenagers with their complicated lives of first loves,  friendship drama, and high school. I fell in love with the genre because I found some part of me in them whether it was those pesky butterflies in my stomach or feeling like an outcast, I didn’t feel completely alone.

As a 22 year old, things have changed, I have changed, my interests have changed. When I go to a bookstore, or when I browse for new reads, YA isn’t a huge part of my browsing history anymore. This is weird for me because for the vast majority of my life I’ve read YA books, and now I see myself paying attention to books outside that genre. Not only that, but I’m annoyed by some of these books!

I’ve tried branching out to the New Adult genre because it caters to people in their early 20s, i.e. me, but I can’t stand it either save Colleen Hoover and Sarah J. Maas. Most of my annoyance with this genre comes from how all the books are the same and full of sex. Honestly, I think NA was created by YA authors who wanted to writer steamier romance scenes. It’s not what I’m looking for or what I was hoping for.

I know it’s not a bad thing, but I’m not sure where this leaves me. Because I was so invested in the YA genre, I knew what to look for, what authors to read, what books to read, and so on. But, now I’m in some sort of reading limbo. I don’t know where to start, what books to read, what authors to look out for, or even what book to movie adaptations to keep an eye out for.

So what does this mean? I’m not sure at all. I do know, this has been bugging me lately, and I needed to let it out in some way.

Please let me know what are your thoughts? What books should I read next to help me through this limbo? Have you experienced the same thing?

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October 2017 Update

For October I tried my best to read books and watch shows in the horror or fantasy genre for Halloween. I did the best that I could between school readings, essays, and work. My list makes it look like I read a lot but considering how half of it came from school, and another portion audiobooks, I didn’t really read much. Most of my personal reading came from short stories from the Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales.

So, no, I didn’t do much personal reading and strangely (or not) my favorite reads from October came school assigned books. One was Nat Turner, a biographical graphic novel about Nat Turner and his slave rebellion in 1831. It has been the easiest and fastest read so far this semester because it’s just pictures without much text. I’m amazed from the way Baker was able to tell his story through his art.

My second favorite book was Wicked Weeds: A Zombie Novel by Pedro Cabiya. The book is amazing because it’s not like your typical zombie novel. The zombies in this story are not flesh eating scary beings, they appear mostly normal. The best thing about this book? It’s really a story about immigration and mental illness. So if you ever see this book, please go ahead and read it!

Books Read

  • “It’s a Good Life” by Jerome Bixby (4/5)
  • Sweet Posession by Maya Banks (2/5)
  • The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (4/5)
  • The One by Keira Cass (2/5)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (4.5/5)
  • Nat Turner by Kyle Baker (5/5)
  • Wicked Weeds: A Zombie Novel by Pedro Cabiya (4/5)
  • Malcolm X: A Graphic Novel by Andrew Helfer (3/5)
  • Losing It by Cora Carmack (2.5/5)
  • Latin@ Rising
    • “Sin Embargo” by Sabrina Vourvoulias (4/5)
    • “Accursed Lineage” by Daina Chaviano (4/5)
    • “Coconauts in Space” by ADAL (3/5)
    • “Cowboy Medium” by Ana Castillo (2/5)

What did you read in October? Any new favorites or recommendations? Let me know in the comments below.

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Popular Characters I Don’t Like

There are a lot of things in pop culture I don’t care for or I just don’t understand the hype surrounding it. That includes some characters from popular shows and books. Before I continue, I want to say these are just my opinions. If you think differently, please let me know, I’d love to know why you do love these characters, maybe you’ll help me change my mind about them. Continue reading

Jane the Virgin and the Original TV Show

For many of you Jane the Virgin the CW’s latest drama that revolves around Jane, a virgin, who became pregnant after being artificially inseminated. What an outlandish and original premise, huh? Well, while it’s still outlandish, the premise is not completely original. Jane the Virgin is an american remake of the original Venezuelan telenovela, Juana la Virgen.

Both shows share the same premise, but just about everything else that happens to the Janes is completely different. As someone who has watched both shows I thought it would be fun to point out some of the differences.

To clarify I will be using the original name, Juana to refer to the Venezuelan show, and Jane for the American one. I also haven’t seen past season 2 of Jane the Virgin, so please don’t spoil anything for me. Continue reading

7 Reasons to Love Hamilton

Last November was the first time I heard about Hamilton. You know, that amazingly popular hip-hop musical on Broadway about one of our founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton? It sounds ridiculous and yet, it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever been obsessed about. So amazing in fact, that I’ve been meaning to write a post about it since I started this blog, however, I can’t put my feelings and it’s awesomeness into coherent sentences for you. So far this is the best I can do. Continue reading