my bullet journal // the process + my spreads

Saturday, May 20, 2017

hello again, my reader friends.

let's talk about ya fantasy // why i'm tired of it

Saturday, May 13, 2017

hello again my bookworm frens!

the writer's tag // a peculiar midweek post

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hey guys.

my tbr list // i wanna read ALL THE BOOKS

Saturday, May 6, 2017

happy may, frens!

this week, i'll be sharing yet another edition of my ever growing tbr list. these are some of my favorite posts to write because it helps me prioritize what i want to read in the next couple of months. 

in other news, does anyone else feel like ALL THE BOOKS OF EVER came out this week?? i'm pretty sure that this week was just the patented Let's-Stress-Out-Madeline-By-Publishing-All-The-Books™. there are so many that i want to read and so little time! i'll still probably end up *accidentally* reading when i actually don't have time though (aka studying for exams...). 

here we goooo...

01. Strange the Dreamer

i wasn't originally planning to read this for awhile (because of the 2017-Fantasy-Hiatus™), but then people started saying amazing things about it, and now i don't have a choice, do i? i have to read it.

02. Always and Forever, Lara Jean

these books just make me so happy?! they're so fluffy and FOOD descriptions are life. plus, the diversity representation is done so well!

03. Flame in the Mist

i've already mentioned this book once in a post a few months back, but i'm just so excited !!! i've heard such great things so far, and i just hope that it ends up being good. 

04. Our Dark Duet

first of all, let's take a look at this beautiful cover in all its script lettering glory.
i totally need to reread This Savage Song to remind myself of the characters and plot and all, but it the mean time i'm just going to wait patiently until june 13th.

05. Tiny Pretty Things

who here has a thing for ballet dramas? *raises hand* i loovvvve ballet tv shows and movies for some strange reason, and i'm so excited to read this. i just finished all three seasons of Dance Academy and i need more ballet drama!!

06. The Archived

umm written by V.E. Schwab?? do i even need to say anything else? you're talking to the person that wrote a whole love note to V.E. Schwab's books.

07. The Hate U Give

this is yet another book that i've heard absolutely amazing things about, but i haven't managed to read yet. i know that it deals with the black lives matter movement, but besides that, i don't know. i've tried to avoid all spoilers (with great difficulty).

08. The Secret History

just from scanning the blurb of this one, it looks a little bit similar to Vicious (me love Vicious) and i'm a sucker for prep school stories. i just checked it out of the library so i should be getting to reading it soon!

are there any books that you've recently put on your tbr list? are there any new releases that you're dying to read? what books are you most excited for this spring/summer??

xoxo, madeline

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate // light + fun + completely hilarious!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

hey people :) i can't even believe that april is nearly over.

that means that i have about two weeks of school left!! :))

i read this book a loonnggg time ago in january back when i still was a wee nugget (kidding). i was kind of shocked when i was approved for Noteworthy on Netgalley. i'm pretty sure i remember what this book is about, but i've read about thirty books since then, so take what i say below with a tiny grain of salt. i'm sure that my reading habits/preferences have changed since then, but i'm also 90% sure that i would still enjoy this book if i read it in the present day. i might even reread this book sometime-- that's how much i liked it.

moral of the story: kids, wait just a little longer before reading ARCs so that you can remember what you read.*

*i just got overexcited about reading this book ok?!


by Riley Redgate
release date: May 2, 2017

It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, which—in the musical theatre world—is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight. Then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped ... revered ... all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

thanks to Amulet Books on Netgalley for approving me for this e-galley!!

- in a nutshell, i would describe this book as She's the Man mixed with a gender-bent Pitch Perfect. yes, you heard me correctly. i know! doesn't that sound like the best idea ever??

- THE CHARACTERSSSS. there was so much diversity in the characters of this book!

first of all, we have Jordan Sun who is not only a person of color but also an LGBT main character. she doesn't quite fit in with many of the girls at the Kensington School, which is one of the main premises on which the story was built.

 and then we have (my favorites) the Sharpshooters, aka the a cappella-squad-goals. my personal favorite by far (and one of the only Sharpshooters i remember tbh) is Nihal, a Sheikh art student. i loved Jordan and his friendship so. freaking. much. they are so cute together in a totally platonic way.

of course, the rest of the Sharpshooters including Isaac, Mama, Trav, etc are also completely darling, but i remember less about them if i'm being honest...STILL REALLY GREAT CHARACTERS THOUGH.

- i love books set in boarding schools to the moon and back. (*cough* The Raven Boys *cough*) i guess that's a trope maybe, but if so, it's one i love and will continue to read shamelessly <3 something about the school atmosphere i just love.

- HILARIOUS hilarious hilarious. i know that humor is subjective, but this book just tickled me. to those around me at the track meet in january: i know that you heard me laughing out loud to myself, but i swear i'm not crazy! ex: Jordan has to hide her period from the guys. #thestruggleisreal

- it was a light and fun read. don't get me wrong-- there were some heavy topics in this book (examining gender identity, wealth, and race), but overall, this was a fluffy and humorous book. it was good to read this in the midst of all that dark epic fantasy. even i need a break sometimes lol.

Noteworthy had the perfect amounts of fluffiness and social commentary.

- romance was not the main focus of the book. enough said there.

- i did think the book could have examined gender identity and sexuality a little bit more thoroughly. the fact that Jordan is bisexual was touched on briefly, but i think that there was more room for commentary on this topic. the book is more focused on the topic of a cappella rather than social issues if i'm being completely honest.

this is my only beef with the book, and it is a very, very small issue. overall, the book commentated on social issues very effectively. 

rating: ★★★★★

reading this book was really a great experience. i was expecting something written in a cheerful, joking manner, and while it did have its many hilarious moments, i felt that this book was more about growing up and figuring out who you are as a person. that was one of my favorite aspects of it.

i would recommend this book with flying colors! (does that make sense??) please go read it when it releases!!

anyone read this book yet?? please please obsess in the comments with me if you have! would you consider reading Noteworthy when it releases? do you have any light/fun book recommendations for me?

xoxo, madeline

a love letter to the amazingness that is victoria schwab's books

Saturday, April 22, 2017

dear victoria schwab,

i still can't believe that i didn't pick up one of your books until the end of last year. that book that started it all was This Savage Song (a book that i definitely need to reread before the release of Our Dark Duet). it was one of the best written books that i had read in a long, long time. i'm pretty sure that i read it in one sitting!

and then i read A Darker Shade of Magic, a book that was even more well written than TSS (if that's even possible?!). i fell hopelessly in love with kell (with his adorable frowning) and lila and the fantastic world that you had created so carefully. although it did not have much plot, A Gathering of Shadows still stole my heart. A Conjuring of Light wrapped the series up with utter perfection. PERFECTION. ahh my feelings! have not! recovered! since!

finally, i read Vicious, which made me love anti-heroes even more than i already did. (*cough* Six of Crows *cough*)  i found one of my favorite quotes of all time, if not my favorite:

"Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human."   - Victor Vale

what i love even more is that you used the quote to introduce This Savage Song.

your complex characters are what i love most about your works. from kell to victor to august (and all the others), they are all so utterly real. they are all so snarky and a bit tragic (but not too self-pitying), which i find makes for the best characters.

your books were and still are a bright spot in the stress of everyday life. they are worlds that i can escape to for just a little while at least. i can confidently say that, right now, you are my favorite author of all time. it's such a big statement that it almost scares me to say so. picking a favorite author is a hard thing for me!

i can't wait to read Our Dark Duet when it comes out later this spring, and i'll probably end up buying The Archived somewhere along the way. don't even get me started on Vengeful!! 

a final brief list of things i love about your books:

  • kell's coat
  • dol (thank goodness he lived. i always end up far too attached to dogs, even more so than characters)
  • ilsa and her magicalness
  • white london&the dane twins
  • the writing style of ADSOM
  • anti-heroes
  • mitch (and his cinnamon roll-ness)
  • the fact that a collector's edition of ADSOM is coming out (!!!)

and that's just scratching the surface. i could talk all day about how much i love your books :) thank you so much for writing.

xoxo, madeline

(hey guys! a little bit of a weird post today. i just wasn't feeling a discussion or book review post. i finally finished Vicious about a week ago, and i needed to vent really hard about it. i thought that Vicious was excellent and it solidified the fact that V.E. Schwab is probably my favorite author. thanks for reading! hope that you're all having a good april xx)

The Raven Boys // wowowow i enjoyed this so immensely much

Saturday, April 15, 2017
the hype was real when i read this (and i was slightly very nervous), but for once, the hype was totally real, guys! (!!!)

changing my blog's name // introducing a paper reverie!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
i've been thinking about this for a long while now.

since a couple months ago, in fact. this blog was meant to be something totally different when i started it (fashion and books and whatnot). after i actually started posting, books totally took over my blog. i didn't feel that my name fit my blog very well anymore, but i didn't want to change it. #lazy. i rushed into starting a blog without putting very much thought into my name, and well, that's what i get for being impulsive. the one time i'm impulsive !! (i'm an intj just so you know. i'm not usually this impulsive)

so yeah. the name i picked the first time for my blog never felt right, ya know? i wanted to change my name before my blog grows any more. it took me forever to come up with a perfect name, but....

the new name of my blog is going to be a paper reverie. i am the most horrible person of ever at naming things, but i'm so happy with this blog name. eeeppp !!

i've always loved the word "reverie." i think it's a beautiful word (we all know my blog is about the aesthetic), and it perfectly describes the reason why i love reading. escaping reality for just a moment and losing myself in a daydream. the "paper" part of the name is pretty obvious i guess. (books = paper, yes??)

let me tell you, it has been a stressful ride to get here to a new name. do yourselves a favor and don't do what i did lol. pick your perfect name the first time (even if it takes you awhile to come up with a name)!! i'm still in a fine tuning stage of changing everything to my new name and trying to get bloglovin to merge my old name with my new name... #strugglebus

i'm sorry to be annoying, but to those of you who swapped buttons on my button swap page (<-- click there), could you pretty please replace the old one with my new button (if it's not too much trouble?) prettyyy pleaseee?

love you guys. thanks for making the months at a chic bookworm great, but it's time for a new era of a paper reverie. i'm so excited for what's to come!! for right now, my email is still at achicbookworm[at]gmail[dot]com (again #lazy).

xoxo, madeline

my top 10 bookish pet peeves

Saturday, April 8, 2017
hey peeps! april already seems like it's moving so fast. 

march wrap-up // keep pushing through

Friday, March 31, 2017

yet another month over.

book review // Blood Rose Rebellion (sadly disappointing)

Saturday, March 25, 2017
unfortunately, Blood Rose Rebellion did not end up being a book i enjoyed all that much.

mini reviews // the time i read contemporary novels

Saturday, March 18, 2017
i've been in a strange mood lately. i've actually been reading a lot of contemporaries *gasps*

book review // Caraval (ALL THE HYPE)

Saturday, March 11, 2017
after being MIA for more than a week, i am now back. it's been hectic lately.

february wrap-up! // short but sweet

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
i know i say this every single month but here goes again: february passed so quickly. 

why i love goodreads (and things i might improve)

Saturday, February 25, 2017

guess what?? it's finally my birthday! 
i'm fifteen today. woohoo! technically, now i can drive once i get my permit which kinda scares me to be honest...

book review // A Darker Shade of Magic + an announcement!

Monday, February 20, 2017
hey guys! i'm just got back from New York visiting my grandparents. i'm saw Phantom of the Opera this weekend, and it was so good!

my top 10 favorite things about being a bookworm!

Saturday, February 11, 2017
hey peeps. it's been quite a busy week but now it's the weekend AYYY.

mini reviews // i love these covers

Saturday, February 4, 2017
hey lovelies! happy february. hope it's been a good couple of days for you.

january wrap-up!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
hey peeps. we've reached that time of the month again. that's right. the end.

morning musings #2 // the busiest week ever

Saturday, January 28, 2017
hey guys. *very tiredly* it's been quite a week.

my tbr list // the stack that eats me alive

Saturday, January 21, 2017
i can't believe that it's been a couple months since i shared my tbr list. so now i'm sharing with you a second installment of this original list.

book review // Scythe by Neil Shusterman (SO BRILLIANT)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

so i picked up this book after hearing some great things about it on goodreads and read it in a grand total of two days. i was hooked. so here's my review (PREPARE FOR RANT MODE). i picked this book up on a whim in the library and never looked back.

book review // The Winner's Curse

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

we're back to school, officially.

my goals for 2017 // blogging and other things

Saturday, January 7, 2017

We are now almost one week into 2017. 

I thought that I should probably make my goals for the year by now. I LOVE making lists because it makes me feel more organized and calm/collected, but the truth is, I know that I won't finish some of these goals. But I can do my very best and try!

  • remain blogging this whole year. This might be an understood goal for some people, but it really is one of my biggest goals this year (concerning blogging). I love blogging so much, but Big Changes™ are coming (at least I'm hoping they are) to my life this fall, and I'm pretty sure that's going to put some stress on my blogging-time. There will likely be less posts this fall, but I am going to do my best to keep up.
  • (try to) blog 2 times a week. key words, "try to." there definitely be some exceptions, I can already tell.
  • read 60+ books this year. I am fairly sure that I can achieve this goal and even go over it. However, those big changes are probably coming, and I don't want to put too much pressure on myself. I think I can do this, though.
  • reread 10 books this year. I fell behind in the books I wanted to reread in 2016, but I'm gonna try to keep up this year!
  • tackle my TBR and wrestle it down. I'm going to try to read all of the books on my most anticipated list plus many more!
  • reach 500 followers on my bookstagram. we can do it!! (my account is at chic_bookworm if you want to follow me!)
  • reach 100 followers on my blog. this is dreaming pretty big, but we can do it!
  • write my novel. there's a post coming about my novel sometime next week, and I'm really excited to introduce it to you guys!!
  • edit my novel. this is going to be the hardest part, I know.
  • read Maggie Stiefvater's books. I've heard some really great things, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet.
  • learn a lot more about graphic design. it's just so interesting, and I want to learn more!

what are your goals for 2017?? how many books are you planning to read? let me know in the comments! i would love to chat with you!