Friday Fives | Books to Read in February

As per usual, I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics.

One of my reading goals is to make a significant dent into my owned TBR pile. So in that vein I’m trying to think about what books I’d like to read at the end of each month for the next month. I’m not going to be posting this at the end of each month, but it will be something I write in my journal for myself. Here are some of the books I hope to get to in February.

This is the book club pick for one of the clubs I’m in, and it’s one of the Austen books I haven’t read yet. So I’m really excited to get to read it.


I bought this book last summer, and I’m only now getting to it, seems about right. I’ve been getting into other religious for a few years, and I’m starting to read into paganism (specifically Celtic paganism). This one and others are on my TBR.


I’m kind of glad I didn’t read this one till now, so that way when the second one comes out in May, I hopefully won’t have forgotten what happened.


If you have not seen the book without the book jacket, go find one and look at it. It’s gorgeous! Besides that I’m super happy to start reading this one.


I preordered this! I’m halfway done with Hang the Moon, and I cannot wait to read this one!

Happy Reading Darlings!

Friday Fives | Casting the Marauders

As per usual, I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics.

Along with most people in the world, I have a love/hate relationship with She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, and I’ve been having a difficult time reading and/or watching anything Harry Potter related (fanfiction not included because the best way to piss off her is to read Drarry fanfic). But I also don’t want her to ruin the books that I grew up with and what they mean to me. Easier said than done. And at this point, I may have to accept that they’ll always be ruined. For today, I’m going to think about who I would cast if we had a Marauders era movie/series.

Sophie Lillis, known for IT & I am Not Okay With This

I definitely think she could pull of Lily Evans fiery attitude and she also has blue eyes like Daniel Radcliffe keeping with the whole “you have your mother’s eyes.”


Finn Wolfhard, known for Stranger Things

If he doesn’t give off Sirius Black vibes, I don’t know who does!


Rohan Chand, known for Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle

Yes, I am one of those people who has the headcanon that Harry (and his dad) are Indian and you’re not going to convince me otherwise.


Jacob Tremblay, known for Room & Wonder

Jacob is an amazing actor and could play Remus so well!! And he just has that adorable, geeky vibe that Remus has too.


Jaeden Martell, known for Defending Jacob, IT, and The Book of Henry

Martell just has that thing of being able to play a morally grey character.

Okay, yes some of these actors are not British, don’t at me, I went mostly with actors that I knew. Also, I wanted to keep the actors ages to at the oldest 19 because let’s all remember that James and Lily were 21 when they died. THEY WERE LITERAL CHILDREN THAT WAS THE WHOLE POINT OF THEIR TRAGIC DEATHS! So, what do you think of my casting? What would be your casting for a Marauders era series/movie.

Happy Reading Darlings!

Friday Fives | Teas to Drink While Reading

As per usual, I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics.

The end of a super long week and part of me just wants to run away to an abandoned island. Alas, I’ll just escape through books. I absolutely love drinking tea while reading and here are some of my favorites.

Earl Grey-It’s been a class for a reason. The tea is robust and just gives you that warm, fog-like feeling while reading. I like mine with a splash of milk. This is the tea I like to drink when it’s raining or cloudy outside or if I’m reading a classic or dark academia book.

Double Spice Chai Black-I love a good spice chai!! This is one I read with a fantasy/sci-fi novel.

Chamomile Herbal-Everyone needs a good caffeine free tea and having this while reading something relaxing like poetry or romance just fills me with so much peace.

Ruby Oolong-This tea has flavors of cacao, raisins, and black cherry, which gives off a red color making it perfect when reading a romance book.

Irish Breakfast-I can’t not include Irish Breakfast tea on here. It’s probably my favorite tea! I love drinking this when reading nonfiction books.

Happy Reading Darlings!

Friday Fives | Reading/Blogging Goals for 2022

As per usual, I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics.

This has been a long week, as I’ve been sick. Today, I’m actually starting to feel much, much better. So without further ado, here are some of my goals for this year.

Read 100 Books: The past couple of years I have read anywhere from 50 to 70 books. College and graduate school never left a lot of time for leisure reading, or me wanting to read in general. Now that I’m done with school, this year I want to get back to reading more often like I used to, hence this year wanting to 100 books.

Continue to be active on the blog: I probably said this last year but I want to continue to be more active (and interactive) on my blog.

Reading Journal: I’ve heard of these before but never kept one myself. After seeing some of them on TikTok, I want to start keeping one myself.

Read more Diverse Books: I already want to read LGBTQ+ books for obvious reasons, but I’m also wanting to read more books by Black authors and Indigenous authors.

Monthly Reviews: Last year, I was having a difficult time writing out singular reviews for each book I read (yay for grad school). This year, I want to do monthly round-ups of the books I read in that month and mini-reviews. I’m thinking this might help keep me more on check and not stress about getting a review out for each book.

Happy Reading Darlings!

Friday Fives | Favorite Authors from 2021

As per usual, I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics.

The last day of the year and it’s time to look back at what happened this year. As TTT focused on favorite books of the year, I’m using favorite authors of the year.

  • Holly Jackson-I absolutely fell in love with A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder series and am excited to see what she comes up with next.
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie-One of the book groups I’m in read Americanah and it was a fascinating story of immigration and race. I definitely want to read her other books.
  • Heather Walter-I don’t think I’ve stopped talking about Malice, nor will I ever stop talking about this book. I cannot wait for Misrule (the second book in the duology) to come out in May; I already have it pre-ordered.
  • Becky ChambersThe Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is absolutely wonderful (the Wayfarers is on my TBR but I haven’t gotten to them yet)! I absolutely want to read (and own) all her books.
  • Alexandria Bellefleur-Her first book Written in the Stars was such a fun and cozy lesbian romance novel. There’s fake dating, astrology, family drama, something for everyone to love. I’m super excited to read her other books.

Happy Reading Darlings!

Friday Fives | Bookish Presents I Hope to Get That Aren’t Books

As per usual, I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Since the holidays are upon us, gifts that are book related are always fun things that mix it up present wise. Here are my bookish wishlist items!

  • A Moleskine Notebook-I’m probably not the only book lover who also loves to write and notebooks are always a good way to go. I’m really wanting to have a Moleskine for 2022 specifically to make a reading journal.
  • Custom Book Embosser-yes, bougie, I know. I did have a book stamp, but I’d like to switch to an embosser so I don’t have to keep getting stamp ink.
  • Bookshelf-specifically, I’d love a Billy bookshelf from Ikea, but I’d settle for any bookshelf. I’ve run out of bookshelf space, shocking, so I’m always in need of more bookshelves.
  • Book Subscription Box-I’d love to get one, but I’m super indecisive on which one I want. I’m currently leaning towards the Used Books Monthly as it’s cheap and gives new life to used books.
  • Donation to Book Charity-making book donations in my name is always a great way to go (and not just book donations but to BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ charities as well). If you want to do this, here is a list from Book Riot that are book related.

Happy Reading Darlings!

Friday Fives | Books You’d Buy Immediately if You had Free Reign in a Bookstore

As per usual, I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Let’s be honest, I should not be released into a bookstore without supervision! As an adult, I can no longer spend my money on only books, sadly. Anyways, in an imaginary world, here are the books I’d grab first if I did have the option to have a free for me bookstore trip.

I’m really interested in early queer culture, since so many people like to think that LGBTQ+ people are a modern invention. Linkinen investigates the state of same-sex relations in later medieval England, drawing on a remarkably rich array of primary sources from the period that include legal documents, artworks, theological treatises, and poetry. Plus, this is the most expensive book on my TBR.

This seems like a fascinating study of the issues surrounding gender and sexuality during this fraught time period.

I’m not only interested in queer studies but also in Indigenous and Black studies and how all of these different identities overlap. Here Rifkin offers a cultural and literary history of the ways Indigenous peoples have been inserted into Euroamerican discourses of sexuality and how Indigenous intellectuals have sought to reaffirm their peoples’ sovereignty and self-determination.

Feminism is not feminism unless it includes Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color. This one I’m particularly interested in as the source material is all from Black, queer, southern, women (not to repeat the title). There are 70 Black women interviewed for this book, and they draw on their rich life experiences to explore the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

While this is a look into how Canada treats First Nations peoples, I still think it would be helpful and informative to read as an American. Razack argues that, amidst systematic state violence against Indigenous people, inquiries and inquests serve to obscure the violence of ongoing settler colonialism under the guise of benevolent concern.

Do these sound interesting to you? What are some books you’d buy immediately?

Happy Reading Darlings!

Friday Fives | Books Covers with snow, trees, or red/green

As per usual, I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

As Christmas is only a couple of weeks away, I decided today’s post will be covers that are Christmas related.

Happy Reading Darlings!

Friday Fives | Children’s Holiday Books

As per usual, I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

When each family at the diverse Juniper Court apartment complex needs something to light up the dark of winter, the stumpy, lumpy candle provides a glow brighter than the fanciest taper, revealing the true spirit of each holiday it illuminates.


Gita’s family has only recently emigrated from India. Although she misses her relatives and friends, she has already made some friends in her new home. Today, she is looking forward to her favourite holiday – Divali, a festival of lights with fireworks, laughter and exchanges of sweets. But Gita’s plans soon fall apart and she becomes homesick and sad.


As the sun set on the shortest day of the year, early people would gather to prepare for the long night ahead. They built fires and lit candles. They played music, bringing their own light to the darkness, while wondering if the sun would ever rise again. “The Shortest Day” captures the magic behind the returning of the light, the yearning for traditions that connect us with generations that have gone before — and the hope for peace that we carry into the future.


Kwanzaa is Kayla’s favorite time of year. But this year, it looks as if a heavy snowstorm will keep her big brother, Khari, from getting home in time for the festivities Will Khari miss the celebration completely? Or will Kayla and her brother somehow find a way to be together for Kwanzaa?


A look at modern Native American life as told by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation

The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences.

Happy Reading Darlings!

Friday Fives | Most Creative Books I’ve Read

As per usual, I started Friday Fives back when I started up the blog again and wanted to make sure I kept at least one regular post a week. This was, of course, before I knew there were others out there. But I decided to keep it, especially since I have the whole year planned out. In December, I decided to change it to Friday Fives instead to have more room for topics. If anyone wants to join me, the list for future topics can be found here.

Today’s topic are about the most creative books I’ve read. By creative, I mean how was this narrative formed and/or what did the author do with the text/image.

This is one of those books were you definitely need to see it to explain how JSF works with the text and how he frames it all.

I’m not even sure how to explain. It all starts with an orange and ends with stand still traffic on a L.A. highway. All the characters are interconnected and it kind of makes sense by the end….just read it, if you’re looking for something weird.

Poetry is already in a creative format, but how Yasmin forms her poems are just spectacular. She uses documents, images, and other resources to write poetry around. There are even times where you have to turn the book to read it.

An account of what happened on Kent State’s campus that ended with 4 students are killed. Told though different points of view and in a conversation where the reader is part of the conversation, breaking the 4th wall.

I just love that the interview transcripts along with other items form Pip’s investigation were added in, so the reader was included. This is not the only book that does this, and I’ve seen a couple of others who’ve done this well.

Happy Reading Darlings