book review: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee // epically hilarious & wonderful sass (+ a surprise announcement)

Thursday, August 17, 2017

whoa! a whole picture of madeline!

book recommendations inspired by lorde's melodrama // feat. flailing forever and GOSH I LOVE THIS ALBUM

Monday, August 14, 2017

if you know anything about me, you know i love listening to lorde.

eight ways that runners and bookworms are completely and utterly similar

Friday, August 11, 2017

in case you didn't know, i'm a runner.

i run cross county in the fall and distance track in the winter and spring with my high school. fun fact: i'm actually pretty new to the sport of running (only about two years of cross country, but probably more in terms of running for fun) because i was a competitive gymnast until last summer when i quit (but more on that another day. i have lots of fun stories about my years at the gym*). i would consider myself to be pretty intense(?) when it comes to running. i mean, i run year-round including in the summer (training for x-country) when it is HOT AS THE SUN down in the southeastern united states.

i'm also an avid reader (i bet you couldn't tell, ha). as i've gotten more experience (aka struggled and died several times in the process) with running, i've also noticed several similarities between bookworms and runners.

this post is inspired by the lovely and wonderful and witty May at Forever and Everly who did a post comparing Dancers and Bookworms (which i actually relate to a lot because dance is slightly similar to gymnastics)! pleaseeee check her post and her blog out!!! 

 *scratch the part about "fun stories." mostly it's stories about me dying during conditioning and rising from the dead a week later. #intense

01. they require a lottttt of endurance.

runners: i need to gradually build up my endurance so that i can be ready for the cross country season and not die because i'm out of shape.  WOOT.

bookworms: i need to gradually increase my book intake so that i can be reading 200 books a month by next year and complete ALL THE BOOKS on my tbr ever. YAY !!

02. they need to drink all the water.

runners: before i started running, i was a camel. meaning? I DID NOT DRINK WATER. AT ALL. oh boy. running changed this for me. we runners? we drink a lot of water  because we've just slaved through an eight mile run and lost gallons of water and blood and tears.

bookworms: we're drinking gallons and gallons of water because they've just finished a terrible  amazing book and I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING, OK??? gotta rehydrate after all of that strenuous activity.

legit, that's me trying to drink water after a run.

03. they snack like there's no tomorrow. bring on the pasta.

runners: one of the many reasons, i love running so much is because i can snack afterwards without any regrets (i'm kinda joking, but not really actually). salty snacks taste so gooddd after running. ALSO, pasta (even the gluten free kind that i eat) is SO GOOD the night before track / cross country meets #carboloading

bookworms: i don't know about you, but i am totally a snacker when i am reading. apples and grapes and goldfish and IT DOESN'T MATTER. reading makes me a hungry munchkin. BONUS POINTS: pasta ALSO tastes good when you're before/after/during reading any type of book. #convenient

food is extremely important to the survival of both runners and bookworms alike, and we would surely die without it's comforting influence.

04. sometimes, it's hard to get them motivated. 

runners: i know i'm going to have to complete a long and/or death-inducing run or a painful PAINFULLLL workout (the november 30th hill workout NEVER FORGET AMEN*), and i really don't want to run at all right now, i don't care what you say. this is going to hurt, and I DON'T WANNA HURT TODAY.

bookworms: ughhh i don't want to read this extremely long and/or boring book. it's taking forever and i'm not even close to finishing, but i don't want to DNF it either. SOOOO i'm not going to read it at all and cue #unmotivation and #readingslump


*it's one of my indoor track team's inside jokes. but seriously, that hill workout was death itself and NEVER FORGET.

05. they torture themselves and then come back for more.

*after run and endorphin rush* WOW i love running did you know that I LOVE RUNNING?? so much fun and so much love for running !!! 
and so begins the never ending cycle.

bookworms: *while reading stressful book* I HATE MY LIFE AND THIS BOOK. i will destroy this book and everything it stands for (after i finish reading it of course).
*finishes reading book* WOW i love this book !! this is obviously a new #fave #lovereading and it wasn't even stressful at all! i have only good things to say! *goes to find another stressful book*

06. it's very easy for them to get injured. 

runners: what is this pain in my leg ???? i totally stretched and iced and everything so why the pain? it could be shin splints or a stress fracture or a sprained ankle or possibly the end of my running career?? REALLY, NO BIGGY.

bookworms: *beloved character dies* nooooo the pain in my heart is killing me !!! could i possibly be having a heart attack because My Favorite Character just died?? IT'S NOT LIKE I'M DYING IT'S FINE I'M FINE.

07. reading a book you don't like is a lot like running up a big hill??

/ also reading a long long book is also like running up a giant hill / also reading a stressful book in general.

because running up a large hill goes like this:
  • part one: hey, this isn't so bad! this isn't steep at all!
  • part two: *incline increases* ok. this is getting harder.
  • part three: *completely out of breath* WOW WAS I WRONG.
  • part four: *all focus is on breathing  NO ROOM FOR THINKING*
  • part five: *brief excitement* we made it!! wow. i'm tired. *collapses*
now look at this process from the perspective of reading. IT'S THE SAME THING WOW. mind blown.

08. they love what they do and keep doing it, even in pain and under duress

well, this is very cheesy and dramatic, but i needed to sum up the post somehow. but seriously, this sums up both my running life and my reading life. i have a love/hate relationship (but mostly love, about 85% to be exact) with running and reading, but at the end of the day, i keep doing both because they bring me joy.

wOWWW the level of cheese right now with this reason i just came up with

that's it for the post! i had so much fun writing this, more fun than i've had in awhile writing a post. and seriously, please check out May at her blog Forever and Everly if you haven't already. she is such a lovely and funny human bean and mango lover and you won't regret taking a trip over to her blog!

any runners/bookworms out there who relate to this? can you think of anymore ways that runners and bookworms are similar to each other? do you react the same way to stressful books (hating them and then loving them)?? I MUST KNOW.

xo, madeline

#TheReadingQuest challenge // tbr + ALSO a bonus blog survey

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

good to see you, peeps!

this isn't something that i would normally participate in, but i'm going to be sharing with you my tbr picks for #TheReadingQuest challenge hosted by the lovely Aentee at Read at Midnight (<- the link is right there for the sign-up post and MUCH more info and logistics about the challenge) and beautiful artwork by CW at Read, Think, Ponder. the challenge starts on August 13 and ends on September 10. this is actually my very first reading challenge, so that's pretty festive, i guess.

i decided to give this readathon a chance a) because of the amazing artwork and b) because the challenges seemed like ones i could actually finish because they correspond with my reading taste! the challenge is based on a bingo board (pictured below) filled with challenges. as you can see from the graphic at the top of the page, i'm going to be a mage, which means i'll follow the first up path of the board. the mage quest is made with fantasy books in mind, so i think that i won't have that hard of a time finishing books as i would if i were doing a contemporary focused reading challenge.

along with the character quests, there are also side quests that you can complete for extra points in the challenge, and i will be doing the Time Warp quest and the Grind quest. for as many as i can, i will try to choose diverse books since that is part of the challenge also. 

now onto the tbr! depending on how much i read this month, i may end up adding more books on to my quest, but this is my starting point!

a book with a one word title

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

how the heck have i not read this already. it's not even a question. just read it already, madeline.

a book that contains magic

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater 

!!! side note: i received an arc of this in the mail, and i am FREAKING HYPE about it. i wish i had a video of me opening it...lots of sputtering and maniacal laughter. i'm not kidding

a book based on mythology

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee

i've heard this has elements of chinese folklore, and it is also written by an asian author, so it's a win win!

a book set in a different world

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

stabby, cursing criminals. what more in a book could you want?

the first book of a series

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

hopefully, i love the story of this one as much as the cover.

sidequest: timewarp - a book set in the past or future

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

i love a World War II era historical fiction, and i've heard great things about this book.

sidequest: grind - a book with 500+ pages

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

heck yes this looks completely awesome, and THE GOODREADS RATING IS 4.55. WHAT THE HECK. 

that's it for my tbr, but wait-- there's more!!

hey you, right there. will you fill out my blog survey? (it won't take that long!)

PRETTY PLEASE. *puppy dog eyes* your opinions and feedback mean so much to me and my vulcan heart. find it at this link:


fill it out here!

thank you so much for filling out this survey. it helps me out a lot.

would you consider participating in #TheReadingQuest challenge? if you are already participating, what quest are you following, and what's on your tbr for the month? let me know!

xo, madeline

the stages of rating & reviewing books // feat. overthinking + HOW THE HECK DO I WORD ??

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

i am a major over-thinker.

book review: ink and bone by rachel caine

Saturday, July 29, 2017

hey frens!

#recentlyread // books i read while on hiatus (micro-reviews?)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

hello again, reader friends!

i'm back from hiatus! + my tbr list at the moment

Saturday, July 22, 2017

hey peeps! long time no see!

taking a break // see you in a month!

Friday, June 23, 2017

hey peeps.

here's the deal: unfortunately, i haven't been the most enthusiastic about posting on the blog and creating content lately (i'm sorry i haven't posted this week!). i've been feeling uninspired, and while i do love blogging, i think i need a little time off to recharge my creative batteries. since starting my blog near the end of last year, i've surprised myself by being relatively consistent with my posting. i wasn't quite sure if i would burn out and abandon the blog. while i do have many post ideas for the rest of the summer and i'm not going to abandon A Paper Reverie, i want to take a break and come back actually wanting to post instead of feeling obligated to.

this is by no means the end of my blog, just a momentary hiatus. i'm going to be completely unplugging from the internet for the next four weeks to go to summer camp-- no technology whatsoever. as much as i love the internet and all the people here, sometimes it's nice to take some time off from it. i'm so excited to be outside in the next month climbing some big rocks, spending time with people who i only get to see once a year, and reading lots of amazing books. i was originally planning to schedule posts for while i was gone, but in the spirit of unplugging completely, i'm not going to be. to be truthful, i don't really want to worry about my blog while i'm gone, unanswered comments on new posts and whatnot. 

thank you for understanding, and see you in a month. <3

xo, madeline

my reread tbr!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

if you didn't know, i'm a hardcore rereader.

mini reviews // a random assortment

Saturday, June 10, 2017

hey pals.

i realized i hadn't done a set of mini reviews in such a long time, and i've been reading a lot of random books recently, so i decided to write some good ole mini reviews for you today. 

i really haven't been sticking to a certain genre recently which is actually pretty unusual for me. normally, i pick a certain genre or subject before moving on to a new genre and et cetera et cetera. i am happy to announce that (i'm pretty sure) the 2017 Fantasy Hiatus (trademark or whatever) is over, and i am back to normal. whoop whoop.

so let's get onto the mini reviews.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

by Leslye Walton // ★★★☆

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

to be completely honest, i didn't love this book as much as i expected to. the first half of the book deals with Ava's whole family history, for gosh sake, and while i find that reasonably interesting, i would have rather read about Ava herself more with family history sprinkled throughout. i didn't love the book, but i didn't hate it either.

- the names were beautiful. the author just seems to have a way to make all the characters seem magical simply through naming them. i mean, Ava Lavender? Marigold Pie? Emilienne Roux? BEAUTIFUL.

- the language was beautiful. and the story was tragic. i have a thing for books that break your heart, ok??

- the whole story was totally weird. at one point, Ava's great aunt turns into a canary, and as it says in the blurb, Ava has wings. it's that type of magical realism book (which i tend to love)

- THE COVER. JUST LOOK AT IT. *heart eyes*

- as i said before, half the story was taken up by family history. i didn't love this, and i thought it could be shortened quite a bit.

- it was mostly prose and not much dialog. this goes along with the above comment. there were so many scenes where nobody even talked, and it was just prose prose prose. just adding in some dialog would have made the history aspect of the story so much more interesting and enjoyable. 

- i just couldn't get into the story. honestly, i couldn't connect much with the characters, and nothing about the story screamed KEEP READING!

Tiny Pretty Things

by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton // ★★

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette's desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

this was so incredibly entertaining yet slightly very nerve-wracking. i would probably credit this book with getting me through exam week when i really did need a distraction from the stress.

- to some degree, everyone was morally gray. if you haven't noticed yet from the other reviews on my blog, I LOVE MORALLY GRAY CHARACTERS. it makes a story so much more interesting because you never really know what they're going to do. even Gigi, who is supposedly the protagonist of the book (kind of?) is an unreliable narrator at the end of the book. 

- character development was on point. there was actually a huge number of characters, and the authors managed to give each one a unique development. A+ for that!

- boarding school setting. you might have heard me say this before, but i looovvveee boarding school settings in books. i think it's because it creates a certain aesthetic for the book...

- manipulation. i'm sorry, i know none of this drama is healthy for people, but it makes for such an entertaining storyline! so addicting to read.

- it dragged on a bit too long. the book was nearly 500 pages long which is crazy long for a contemporary. i enjoyed the drama of the book for the first 300 pages, but after that, it was all a bit too much. i just got tired of the characters and their fighting with each other. i think the book as a whole would have been stronger if it was shorter.

- i didn't exactly understand June's POV. it was interesting and i actually did enjoy reading it, but it didn't entwine with the other two POVs as well as i would have hoped. her narrative didn't work that well with Gigi and Bette's. 

- THE CLIFFHANGER. GAHHHAHAHHH. i need the next book.

The Archived

by Victoria Schwab // ★★

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive. Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous—it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost, Da's death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself may crumble and fall.

ending on a high note today! admittedly, this is actually not my favorite Schwab book. that is reserved for the Shades of Magic trilogy, but The Archived was done pretty darn well.

- i loved the main character Mackenzie. recently, i have taken a strong disliking to many female protagonists in the books i've read, but i didn't have that problem with this book!! Mac was fierce and sassy and in general, a really enjoyable character to read about.

- i also loved Wesley. aka a smol cinnamon roll who needs to be protected at all costs. he was so loyal throughout the book to Mac (although i was suspicious of him in the beginning). 

- the aesthetic was so. good. the story was deliciously creepy with the dead lying on shelves and whatnot, and i thought that the Coronado hotel was a really creative setting to place the story in. The Archived had a sort of fantasy meets murder mystery vibe which was monstrously entertaining.

- short and sweet. it was just what i needed to get back into reading fantasy.

- just one thing: i didn't exactly understand Mac's romance with Owen. from an early point in the story, we learn that he is dead (escaped from the Archives), so there's not really a way for this ship to sail the seven seas. idk. i would have preferred a platonic friendship to have occurred between Owen and Mac.

so that's it for today! have you read any of the books in this edition of mini reviews + what are your thoughts of them if so? do you enjoy morally gray characters at all? let me know in the comments!

xoxo, madeline