Hey guys! I thought I would share with you guys my NetGalley Haul for spring 2020! Due to rising concerns of the corona virus, I recently moved back home from my dorm, and phew was trying to pack up in the matter of days hella stressful. I’m glad to be home now though, though I’m trying to figure out how to spend the next few weeks in quarantine 😅
On a more serious note, hope everyone is safe and alright, especially with COVID-19 up in the air. Stay safe, stay at home!!
Thoughts: I’ve been reading a lot more fantasy in the past year. Maybe it’s because my friend Christina is a strong advocate for fantasy, or maybe because college is hard. 😛
The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass by Adan Jerreat-Poole
For readers of Nevernight and The Hazel Wood, enter a wicked cool fantasy world of witches and their assassins, where a group of renegades battle to capture the Heart of the Coven.
Even teenage assassins have dreams.
Eli isn’t just a teenage girl — she’s a made-thing the witches created to hunt down ghosts in the human world. Trained to kill with her seven living blades, Eli is a flawless machine, a deadly assassin. But when an assignment goes wrong, Eli starts to question everything she was taught about both worlds, the Coven, and her tyrannical witch-mother.
Terrified that she’ll be unmade for her mistake, Eli seeks refuge with a group of human and witch renegades. To earn her place, she must prove herself by capturing the Heart of the Coven. With the help of two humans, one motorcycle, and a girl who smells like the sea, Eli is going to get answers — and earn her freedom.
Thoughts: I haven’t read contemporary in a long long time, and I haven’t really found the occasion to get back in. But now, I think I’ll push myself to give it a try again.
What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter
Is it still a love triangle if there are only two people in it?
There are a million things that Halle Levitt likes about her online best friend, Nash.
He’s an incredibly talented graphic novelist. He loves books almost as much as she does. And she never has to deal with the awkwardness of seeing him in real life. They can talk about anything…
Except who she really is.
Because online, Halle isn’t Halle—she’s Kels, the enigmatically cool creator of One True Pastry, a YA book blog that pairs epic custom cupcakes with covers and reviews. Kels has everything Halle doesn’t: friends, a growing platform, tons of confidence, and Nash.
That is, until Halle arrives to spend senior year in Gramps’s small town and finds herself face-to-face with real, human, not-behind-a-screen Nash. Nash, who is somehow everywhere she goes—in her classes, at the bakery, even at synagogue.
Nash who has no idea she’s actually Kels.
If Halle tells him who she is, it will ruin the non-awkward magic of their digital friendship. Not telling him though, means it can never be anything more. Because while she starts to fall for Nash as Halle…he’s in love with Kels.
Thoughts: I thought it would be good to read a few self-care books now that I’m in quarantine and at home. Hopefully this will be some inspiration for y’all as well to get into some self-care books 🙂
365 Ways To Be Happy by Adam Gordon
Life can be difficult and demanding, and at times we all long to feel more content and hopeful. This little guide contains 365 simple ways to make your life happier right now, from watching the sun rise to just listening intently to the quiet sounds around you.
As different techniques suit different people and situations, there is a wide range of tools here to point you towards happiness, including meditations, visualizations, affirmations and insightful quotes to ponder.
Choose an entry per day at random, or take a technique that appeals to you and practise it daily for a week. Or pick three techniques to practise and contemplate the interconnections between them. Let the tools in this book be signposts on your journey to happiness, guiding you in calming your mind, releasing past hurts and knowing fully the joy of the moment.
Complete Guide to Self-Care by Kiki Ely
The Complete Guide to Self-Care features 100 accessible activities that help you reconnect with your body, mind, spirit, and surroundings, and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face the world again.
Caring for yourself is far from selfish and self-care is far from a new phenomenon, but it’s recently been in the popular vernacular. With screens, work emails on our phones, notifications, and poor boundaries between ourselves and the world around us, taking time and making space for ourselves has become more and more important. Therapy, caring for plants, making your favorite dish…these are all little ways to reclaim parts of yourself that you’ve lost track of in the daily hustle of life.
With encouraging reminders, inspiring thoughts, easy wins, and practical advice, The Complete Guide to Self-Care helps you identify your needs so you can relax, refuel, and find calm in your hectic life. This book tells you why mindset is key, how to nourish instead of punish yourself, how to exercise and sleep, and why it is important to go slow sometimes. You live your whole life being you, so why not be your own best friend?