Future Reads…

Hello there bookworms!

   “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” ― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid

   I thought it would be cool if I added a book quote to every post. It’ll spice things up a bit! I also realized I did not post the books I want to read next month, so I will be doing that in this post. This time, I wont be listing 10 books. I know I wont have a crazy amount of time to read, even with all the holiday breaks. Without further ado, here are three books I would like to read, along with the books I NEED to finish by the end of next month:

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   For the books I am currently reading, but want to finish this year, I will start ahead of schedule with the 4 days I have left of this month. This list is honestly going to be a hassle to get through, but wish me luck!

Stay Informal,




How it’s going over here…


Alrighty. Second post of the day. Looking good. Like I mentioned before, I am going to update everyone on my latest reads, my current reads, and my next TBRs for this year.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeFrankensteinFangirlFor my latest reads, I finished The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. The first reads were mandatory reads for my Gothic Literature class, while Fangirl was a pleasure read.

Like usual, it is always difficult for me to review books that I have to read for a class. I am not particularly sure why, it just mostly has to do with the fact that I have no choice in reading the book, and have to finish it within a certain period of time. I did enjoy these two books though. They were quite nice and truly made me look at the stories a whole new way. Like, who knew Frankenstein was the name of the scientist and not the creature? I sure didn’t! All in all, I rate those two around a 3.5.

FangirlAs for Fangirl, I wish I could rate 4.5 on Goodreads. It took me way too long to pick that book up and read. Don’t get me wrong, it has nothing to do with the actual story, I just had other book interests in mind. In many ways, I could relate to Cath, a Freshman in college who has a difficult time in social situations and is a full-time fangirl. I feel as if the reason I never read this book years ago and let it dust on my shelf was that it had to do with fan fiction and that played an important role in this novel. At the time I bought this book, being in my preteens, I was never crazy about fan fiction. In fact, the only fanfiction I had read was written by my friend, and I could say the same thing today. I am not sure what I am waiting for truthfully, I have had apps like Watt pad withering away on my phone. I should really put them to good use, especially considering I enjoy writing my own stories here and there. Okay, I am getting off topic!

More than 50% of the books I am reading now are the same books I was reading in the post a few months ago. I probably read a few pages of each since then! Things are bad. I NEED to finish these books before 2018 or I will not be able to live with myself!

Here are my current reads:

Everything, Everything  Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon

I started listening to this Audiobook today and being someone who has no idea of the plot, I am quite surprised. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I did not think this was a mental illness book. I have received so many recommendations and any YA book reader knows that there was so much hype about this one. I am just late to the party. Like usual…. 8.5/10 so far though!

The Merciless (The Merciless, #1) The Merciless, by Danielle Vega

I began buddy reading The Merciless by Danielle Vega last week with a pen pal and boy did it take a sharp turn! I did not expect it to get this graphic, but I am not complaining! In my mind, the more blood, the better! In short, this book is. not. for. the. weak. I mean, really it is not that bad, but even my friend needed a break from it. Not everyone can handle that much violence in one sitting. I did not think I could even finish this book at first, to be honest. I judged it by the first two chapters, which was horrible of me, I know! That is not to say it is the greatest. I feel as if it is one of those books where the main character makes you want to punch the book. Just a bit. And I am saying that from the eyes of a reader on chapter 15. My friend can agree. Current rating: 8/10.

One of Us Is Lying One Of Us is Lying, by Karen McManus

   This one has taken me on one heck of a ride! I put it on hold as an audiobook in February and I finally got it into my bookshelf in July, but then, me being me, somehow 14 days of it being on my shelf flew by and before I knew it, it was back in the system and the wait list was another 7 or 8 people. I did manage to get the book back two weeks ago…., but I missed the notification so… back in the system, it went! That was my own fault though. I am not sure how many people are in front of me now, but I am much better going to Barnes and Noble and picking up my own copy. In the little progress I made, I cannot see why there was, and still is so much hype about this book. Again, I am only in the first hour and a half of the book, but I am not getting much feeling for this one. I’ll probably change my mind soon though. Rating as of now 7/10.

Juvie Juvie, by Steve Watkins

I have been reading this one for over a month now, but if we count the times I’ve started this book then its been months. Plural. This book gives me mixed emotions. Like The Merciless although in a much stronger sense, it makes me want to simultaneously punch the main character and the book. On the other hand, it could just be one of those things where you have to be in the characters shoes to really know. I have never been to Juvie nor do I have a sister so it could be… Although I really think this book over exaggerates some matters. That is why I have “started” this book a good 4 times now. I’ve contemplated whether I should leave it as DNF but then realized my soul is too good for that. It really is not that bad, I perhaps just had my expectations a little too high. My current rating for this book is 6.5/10.

City Girl, Country Vet (Talyton St George, #1) City Girl, Country Vet, by Cathy Woodman

Here is where the books I have been “reading” for the past few months come piling in. It is surprising how some of these books make it on my DNF list. Technically, I have not completely given up on these books, I have just picked up another book, and another, and another, to the point where these ones are on the bottom. I did promise on finishing them before the end of the year. City Girl, Country Vet was one of my most anticipated reads at the time, particularly because I am planning on studying Veterinary Medicine and this book hones in on that perfectly. It is just another one of those things where I became crazy and interested in other books where they became my first choice. Although I have not read much of this, the rating would be 9/10.

Burned (Burned, #1)  Burned, by Ellen Hopkins

Ohhh yes. Ellen Hopkins. Not sure how I have not finished this book. I mean yes, it is 532 pages long, but Crank was 537 and I finished that in a jiffy! I only have around 100 pages left though. I do not have much to say about this one because, in my world, all of Ellen Hopkins’ books are a work of art. Current rating would be a 9.5/10

Have a Nice Day (Anna Bloom, #2) Have a Nice Day, by Julie Halpern

Okay, Have a Nice Day was a bit of a disappointment to me. I am around a quarter of the way through, but I intermediately stopped and considered giving up on this one. I started reading this book in May shortly after I finished its prequel Get Well Soon. I was shocked because GWS was a great read. I think it would have been better as a standalone, but once again, I need to stop with the judgments. I feel like I am equipped to say something like that once I actually get halfway through the book. Who knows though, it could get better!

The Shining The Shining, by Stephen King

Last, but definitely not least, there’s the classic,  The Shining. This one goes back to March, but in truth, I started this one in the beginning of 2016, when pleasure reading was somewhat new to me. I did not read much the first time though so I decided to return to the first page and restart the second time. Again, another masterpiece that is not fit to be on my abandoned for now shelf on Goodreads. With luck, I can get past the fact that the book is bigger than my face and finish it before the next year. Rating for this one so far is a 10/10. My childhood would not be complete without the adaptations of Stephen King, therefore, I give my heart out to you SK.


Well, there is my update for this month. Maybe once a month whether it is at the end or beginning, I make a long post like this with updates of my reading.

I hope you guys enjoyed the read, and if so, give the post some love!

sTaY InFoRmAl,


I am back!

Phew! What a break! Okay, now that I’ve been missing for a good few months, it’s time to get back to business. I am slowly finding more and more time to read, and I think I have decided to turn this blog into a book blog, not just random nonsense. From now on, this blog will be related to books in ways of reviews, recommendations, to-be-reads, reading progress, etc.

I still believe I can only manage around once a week of publishing, but this time, I am fighting hard to keep my word! I will make another post later today updating everyone on my reading “stats” and on future reads.

Thank you for those who still read my posts and are reading this one now. I wouldn’t be here making a post months later if it weren’t for you. Have a great day, and happy late Thankgiving!


Stay Informal,


No I am not dead.

For the few followers that I have, in case you were wondering, no I am not dead. I really do not have an excuse for my leave of absence, so lets try and leave off where we were.

Lately, I have been reading less and less more books. I am really trying to murder my TBR, but either laziness or lack of motivation is stopping me from doing so. At the moment, I am actively reading “Windfall” by: Jennifer E. Smith. I am enjoying it so far. I have never read a book that had to do with winning a lottery or that has a theme similar to “money cannot buy everything.”

I am buddy reading this with a friend, so it may take a while longer to read, but it gives me time to focus on my reading slump.

Here are the books I am reading and the lame excuses I could come up with:


  • “The Shining” by: Stephen King– No excuse really…. just its length maybe? Really love the story though so I do not see why I am holding back.
  • “All the Light We cannot see” by: Anthony Doerr– I am not a crazy historical fiction girl. I rarely read these books and it is taking me QUITE some time to adjust to this one. I am also waiting for the audio book version on OverDrive….
  • “Have a Nice Day (Anna Bloom, #2) ” by: Julie Halpern– I have completely been lazy. I have been listening to so many audio books alone that I have become accustomed to them. Now, reading a whole book seems like a tedious task to me! That hurts to say.
  • “Juvie” by: Steve Watkins– Another lazy read for me. I also am not enjoying this book quite too much. Especially since i started reading it through a CD audio book and the voice went SUPER slow. I am planning on re-reading this from the physical book to get the real feel for it.
  • “Burned” by: Ellen Hopkins– I have no complaints about this one. I pick it up whenever I can. Car rides, airplane trips, waiting rooms. Really when I don’t have technology to distract me.
  • “City Girl, Country Vet (Talyton St George, #1)” by: Cathy Woodman– Same excuse as above. This book is one I have been wanting to read for a while and I am really liking it so far.
  • “Fangirl” by: Rainbow Rowell– Okay, this one is a legitimate excuse. I was listening to the audio book on OverDrive and my loan time ran out. Let me say that I had this book on hold for approximately 4 months. Way to waste your 21 loaning period Aishah…..
  • “A Dog’s Purpose (A Dog’s Purpose, #1) ” by: W. Bruce Cameron– Read the paragraph above…..
  • And last, but definitely not least….” Windfall” by: Jennifer E. smith– Not currently part of my reading slump. Just waiting on a friend to return from her vacation to continue reading along.


Well, there you have it ladies and gentlemen. A full list of excuses of why I haven’t been reading. I really want to stay on top of this blog. I want to be truthful when I say I will post once a week.

For now, this is all I have. Till next time loyal friends!

Stay informal,




Hi everyone!

Hope your 4th of July was swell! I for one had a very interesting day. I did take a lot of pictures throughout my holiday at Block Island, Rhode island. If you would like to see those, you can check them out at my photography Instagram: @TheLifeOfArtists .

I wanted to post this during the holiday, but I ended up staying on an island that has very bad reception and zero WiFi.

Last month’s reading challenge did NOT go as planned. I missed a bunch of days in a row, especially the last week of the month. I wanted to start again this month, but I am actually busier than expected this summer. Perhaps, next month will not be as hectic and I can begin a new and more productive challenge.

Starting at the end of last month, I began volunteering at my local library. It is the absolute perfect job for a book lover like me. This is also the excuse of why I could not do better on the monthly reading.

I have decided that I will post around once a week. I did TRY daily when I opened this blog up, but it is a bit too much to handle at the moment, therefore once a week will have to do.

I have updated the reading I did last month. If you would like to follow me on my journey, you can also friend me on goodreads where most of my reading activity takes place.

I would love to hear how everyone’s 4th of July was! If anyone has made any reading goals this month, comment them below. I love reading others’ personal challenges, whether they are book related or not.


Hope you have a great day!

Stay informal,




2 more days! 2 more days of suffering with school finals! Then summer vacation!

Does anyone have any plans over the summer? Early July, I will be going to visit my family in Dominican Republic. Only for about a week though. Then, I will be heading to my aunts house in Spain and probably travel a bit in Europe. I’ll end my vacation in my other aunts house in Florida. Can’t wait! I do most of my yearly traveling over the summer, and it’s great.

Hope you guys will enjoy yours!

Stay informal,



Wow. It’s been a while. How is everyone doing? I myself, am trying to post this without falling asleep. I guess it is the final exams and studying, and 50 lbs of homework I am bringing home every day, but I have been struggling to keep my eyes open for the past week and a half. Hence, why I have not posted or updated the reading challenge.

About that, I completely missed two days in a row! I really hope I can finish today’s book, I have packets, and packets of final exam reviews to complete. I’m trying not to take this challenge TOO seriously or else I’ll stress myself with that too! For now though, I’m trying to read as much as I can until June 23rd when I am free from learning prison and have all the time in the world to indulge myself in books.

It is 95 degrees Fahrenheit right now! 95! It never gets that warm where I live. A couple weeks ago, I’d be surprised if it were in the high 80’s this summer. It is too hot though. I’m not sure if I am the only one, but I cannot stand intense heat like this. All I want to do is stay inside where there are air conditioning and an unlimited supply of water. During the winter, I yearn for the summer, and during the summer, I can’t wait for the winter. Anyone else have this issue?

Well, I better get to reading!

Stay informal,