Things I’m Loving at the Moment: Books (and Book Mail??), Writing, and Thai Everything (…Specifically Thai Food)

School is giving me a rough time, so: some positivity!

I haven’t really been in the best mental health space (ever since school started, to no one’s surprise), and I’m trying really hard to stay positive, because if I succumb to too much negativity… then I’m going to slip into even worse mental health even faster.

So today, to combat all the stress and anxiety and oncoming depression, I’ve decided to talk about a few things I’m loving at the moment!

I was going to do a “things I’m hating” post and just vent, but I think this post would be more enjoyable to read and write, and hearing about what YOU GUYS are loving at the moment would be really great too!! And I already think negative things a lot so why not try to balance it out with positivity, yeah?

(Aka the venting post would have been more than 2,000 words long and no one would have read but ANYWAYS.)

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Blog Tour Review: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram // Now I’M the One Who Isn’t Okay (I Cried Over This Book)

I really thought I could stay strong and keep the tears in… but I couldn’t.

Darius the Great is Not Okay was a book that sucked me in from the beginning and kept me in its grip the entire time. It captivated me so much that it even made me cry, which, if you know me, is no easy feat when it comes to books.

Today for my stop in the Darius the Great is Not Okay blog tour, I’ll be doing a review of the book! I was super excited when I was offered this opportunity because this book is one that I’ve been anticipating so much—and if you haven’t already added this to your TBRs, you NEED to.

Thank you to Penguin Random House for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for a spot on the blog tour and promotion of the book!

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All About ARCs: the Pressure, the Privilege, and the Issue of Payment for Creators (aka Compensation)

I think we can all agree that the concept of ARCs is really cool.

I mean, getting to read books before they release? Without having to spend money? THAT’S REALLY NEAT.

Unfortunately, the reality of ARCs is a little less cool.

Today I’m going to be discussing some issues with ARCs that exist right now and aren’t being talked about enough. I think it’s super important to discuss these issues so that we can work towards finding a solution, because these are things that can and definitely should be improved!!

Disclaimer: I am fully aware of my privilege in being able to receive ARCs from publishers, and I am very thankful and grateful. This is not a post complaining about my privilege; rather, it is about how yes, ARCs are great, but there are issues with it that need to be addressed and discussed.

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The Pros and Cons of Mood Reading and Setting Monthly TBRs (and Which One am I More Successful At??)

I’m a mess, and usually, organizing things helps me out.

But I’ve always thought I’ve been a mood reader, never needing or wanting a monthly TBR to “dictate” what I read that month. I read things based on what I was in the mood to read in, what I was interested, what was currently available to me.

BUT NOW I’M QUESTIONING EVERYTHING????

My Pride month TBR was SUCH a success for me, a person who had never really done well at TBRs, and I questioned everything I ever knew about myself (as a reader). This was also when I was slumping, and having a TBR for the month actually got me to read.

But then last month, I tried doing a TBR, and it half failed. And this month, I have another TBR, but I’m moving really slowly through books that I’m not in the mood for and flying through books I AM in the mood for.

SO??? I’m just very confused???

But that’s why today I wanted to discuss the pros and cons of mood reading vs. setting a monthly TBR, and talk about which one I’m more successful at! This has always been something I’ve wanted to discuss and now, after I’m spiraling into a crisis, I’ve decided to finally do it!!!

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#AmCurrently Update: the Most Disgusting Lice, School, Weird Book Slump, and Some Actual Writing??

Since I’ve been a bit absent, I decided to do a bit of an update on my life!

And no, the lice part is not just clickbait. I really did have lice. And it was one of the MOST DISGUSTING, UNPLEASANT EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE.

BUT lice isn’t the only thing that’s happened to me recently (and definitely not the only thing I want to talk about). A lot of New Things have been going on and I decided, why not make a little update post about it?? And anyways I always love reading these kinds of posts by other bloggers to see a little bit more of what they’re doing and I’ve always wanted to write one myself.

So. Here’s a little update about some things currently going on in my life, which you hopefully will find interesting!!

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