Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #21



  • Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky


  • The Secret Lives of Introverts: Our Hidden Worlds by Jenn Granneman (50% progress)
  • The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan (42% progress)


  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide
  • How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao
  • Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare
  • Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
  • The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang
  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  • Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami
  • The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
  • A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins


  • The Secret Lives of Introverts: Our Hidden Worlds by Jenn Granneman
  • Almond by Won-pyung Sohn
  • The Twelve (The Twelve, #1) by Cindy Lin
  • What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
  • Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn, Illustrated by Nicole Goux
  • Six Crimson Cranes (Six Crimson Cranes, #1) by Elizabeth Lim

Howdy! So here’s the thing, I feel like you are all tired of me apologizing for being MIA. I feel a little guilty because I used to spend a lot of time thinking about topics to talk about on here, but there had been so much happenings that I just didn’t have the time. For one, I have a writing job that exhausts my creative juices.

Anyhow, as I was browsing through the features on my blog I have come to the realization that I haven’t updated this section since June 2021. And I honestly think that that’s crazy because I love talking about books! But you all know that I’ve been busy since May of last year, but now that it’s all over and I’m starting to get used to my new environment, I have also started getting back to reading my books and writing on here again, in case you didn’t notice, I started publishing posts again. It took me a while, though, to catch up with this feature because I had to look back and see what I’ve read since the last time I’ve written my updates.

As you can see in the overview above, I’ve read a couple of books since June 2021. One of them is Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven which has been on my Goodreads TBR since forever. I remember that there were a lot of fuzz about how the synopsis seemed offensive and it has gone around the book community when the book was first released (I’m not one of them, and I’m kind of a fat kid myself) and despite that, I honestly thought that Libby and Jack’s story is very inspiring and empowering not only for “fat kids,” but for everyone who is having a hard time accepting and loving their imperfections. To me it wasn’t just about the romance, it’s about how they both overcame their personal insecurities that made me love this book even more.

I have also reread the first book in Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and I still loved it. There were times that I found Belly a bit annoying, but maybe that’s just because I’m all grown up already since the last time I’ve read this book. I remember that I totally related to her feelings and issues when I first read this back in 2011(?). I haven’t reread the second book in the series yet, but I intend to do so before I dive into the TV series.

Another book that was ticked off of my TBR list is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. This is another title that has been sitting on my Goodreads TBR for the longest time now and I’m so happy that I finally understand what all the hype was about when it was first released. There’s just something about a good thriller that catches my attention and I’m all for books like this. It was such a crazily terrifying experience and I just couldn’t stop myself from turning the pages. Although, I have to admit, Sharp Objects still tops my Gillian Flynn favorites.

Lastly, I also had the chance to read a 2021 release which is The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky. Though the story turned out differently than I expected, I still enjoyed reading this book and gave it a solid 3-star rating. I truly enjoyed the secret club element in this book that it made me want to run a book (and film) club myself. I also liked the mysterious aura of Bran and the dark past of Rachel. What made me lower the rating to 3 is that the ending wasn’t exactly what I hoped it would be. It was shocking enough as a twist, but maybe I was hoping for a crazier ending. All in all, I still enjoyed this book. I’m looking forward to read more from this author.

As of writing, I am still reading The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan and The Secret Lives of Introverts: Our Hidden Worlds by Jenn Granneman. I am actually really happy that I finally started reading and catching up with Rick Riordan’s world of Greek gods and goddesses because I’ve missed being transported into this world full of adventures and fighting. It’s just that this world holds a very special place in my heart for so many reasons. The Secret Lives of Introverts: Our Hidden Worlds on the other hand is a book gifted to me by a fellow introvert friend before she left the country to start her work in Thailand. It’s quite an interesting read and very enjoyable, too. As you may have read in some of my previous posts, I’m a non-fiction reader newbie and some non-fiction books tend to bore me out of my wits, but this is one of those books that just captures your heart because it’s very relatable. I also started annotating this specific book (I’m still not comfortable with doing it to my fiction books) simply because I find it so personal and I have a lot of personal thoughts and feelings towards some stories and interviews.

I haven’t bought as many books as I did in 2020 and the earlier months of 2021, but I still bought some amazing titles that I have had my radar on. One of the books that I am very intrigued and excited about is The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang because I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book both on bookstagram and booktube and I have been looking for this everywhere since I learned about it and I’m thrilled that I finally found someone selling a copy in the PH last year. I hope to finally get to it this year. I also grabbed a couple of AAPI novels which I am also excited to get to, especially Before the Coffee Gets Cold!

How about you? What have you been reading lately? ♡


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