My Favorite F/F Book by Genre

Hello readers!

Today I have a post I’m quite excited about! I realized a few days ago that I actually don’t have any posts on F/F books, although I have been reading those a lot more lately and have about 10000 on my TBR. So I put a poll on Twitter and for this first post about F/F books I will be posting my favorite F/F book by genre!

I’d love to get recommendations on other F/F books you guys loved! So if you see a book I list below and think “you know what, if you liked this book I’m sure you’ll like this one too”, let me know in the comments!

Also I will be changing my posting days a little – I’ve been doing Tuesday, Friday, Sunday so far, and I think I’ll keep Sundays because I’m going to go back to my Sunday Snuggle posts soon, but I am changing Tuesday posts to Monday, and Fridays to Wednesdays, because I constantly get late on answering comments and I think spreading those out through my work week makes it easier to stick to a routine than on my weekends. It’s not as easily spread out as I’d like, but I want to keep the Sunday Snuggle posts, so this is what I’ll be doing 🙂 Continue reading

Signing Up for a Run when You’re (Mildly) Socially Anxious – A Survival Guide

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If you’ve read my other Fitness & Health Journey posts, you know by now that I’ve been attempting to run and joined the run my colleagues participate in every year, a 5K that is commonly run by literally thousands of people. And if you’ve known me for a while, you also probably know that I am socially anxious & generally awkward.

Between trying to act like a normal person, not get overwhelmed by the crowd and trying to survive the run although I suck at running, I did a few things that helped me go through this as smoothly as possible, and I thought today I’d share some of my tips that worked!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, neither do I work in mental health, sports or medicine. My social anxiety is mild to medium, and normally triggered by depression or being in groups and crowds, but I do not normally suffer from panic attacks and have been able to work and have a more or less “normal” social life for over a year now. If you have medium or severe anxiety, these tips will probably not be enough, and should at least be combined with medication and/or therapy. My aim with this post is to make life with social anxiety a bit easier for other people with things that help me, NOT to substitute proper medication and care, or to encourage socially anxious people to try an activity that is potentially triggering. Stay safe and do only what you can do. But if you are a runner and you’d like to join a race, I hope this article makes you feel less alone. Continue reading

eARC: The Bride Test, by Helen Hoang

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Romance, Contemporary

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I have received this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

In The Bride Test, Khai believes his autism makes him incapable of love and has never tried dating, and now that he’s 26, his mom decided it was time for him to marry. In Vietnam, Esme accepts a deal she never thought she would in her life: move to the United States for the Summer to try to seduce a handsome man she never met in her life into marrying her. Leaving her daughter Jade behind will be one of the most difficult things she’ll have to do, but this might be the break her family has been waiting for, and might give her a chance to find her father. Continue reading

Review: Recursion, by Blake Crouch

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller

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That’s what New York City cop Barry Sutton is learning as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.

That’s what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious memories. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent. 

As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face-to-face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just our minds but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it.

But how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around them? Continue reading

Review: Sadie, by Courtney Summers

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Young Adult Thriller, Mystery, Contemporary

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When Sadie finds out her sister Mattie has been murdered, her world falls apart. There was precious little in her life to make it worth it, and now with Mattie gone, nothing will stop her from getting revenge on the man who killed her. Told in a podcast style as the journalist West McCray investigates and tells the story of Sadie and Mattie, its unique story-telling is great to listen to.

Sadie was a book I had both high and low expectations on: I’d heard the audiobook was amazing, but I hadn’t heard more on the blurb than that, so I hardly knew what the book was even about when I started it. It took me a good third of the book to really get into it – while the narration IS fantastic, Sadie’s character starts out as basically nothing but anger and thinking she’s super dangerous and is going to kill a man, but nothing in her really inspired me to believe she WAS dangerous or anything more than her anger. But as the book progresses, and her character gets fleshed out a lot more, along with the complicated, imperfect people in her life telling their sides of the story, my heart started aching for her, for all she went through and all she lost. Continue reading

Books my Sister and I Have Recommended Each Other and Loved

Hello book lovers!

Today I’m coming with a new maybe-series with someone who’s been my best friend for as many years as I remember: my sister. Meet Ale (pronounced: ah-LE)! We have created anime avatars at https://picrew.me/image_maker/43383 to make this post a little bit cuter and also show off a bit of our personalities 🙂

Ale & I loved reading all things Agatha Christie as kids and constantly took a bunch of those books and exchanged them during family trips, so we have a good idea of what the other person will like, so it’s no surprise that some of our recommendations to each other have become favorites! Without further ado, our favorite recommended books:

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