I’ve done these posts in the past to keep me accountable for my goals. However, seeing as how I decided to do things differently this year with my goals and challenges, I still thought it would be great to do these monthly updates.

You can read what my goals are and the challenges that I’m participating in here.

Reading goals:
Goodreads/Storygraph: Read one book. I’ve already accomplished this goal. I have no regrets about setting my goal of reading one book and not changing it once I reached it. I feel much freer in my reading life.

Read more backlist books: I am doing okay with this goal. The book I am currently reading is a backlist book

Read more books about social justice written by Black authors: I have not read any books yet. I will be reading some books soon and not just in February either.

Modern Mrs. Darcy– This has been fun so far. I have already done one of the things that I wanted to do for this challenge. You can see what my reading adventure looks like on Bookstagram.
Library Love– Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books. For this challenge, I have read three out of 12 books.

Blogging goals:
Post weekly reading updates: So far, I’m doing well with this goal
Post reviews weekly: This one has been easy.
Try to post more discussion posts: This one might be tricky because I have a hard time coming up with discussion post ideas, but I do have some.


If you are new to my blog, I have decided that I am no longer going to do Friday 56. Friday Update is a feature in which I provide an update on what I read during the week, sometimes what I’m currently reading and what book/books I plan on starting over the weekend.

For the week of 1/8/2021-1/14/2021 I read:
Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton– 89 pages which brought me to the end of the book
Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton
Lore by Alexandra Bracken
D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire- 144 pages


Weekend plans:
Finish reading D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths


Today’s review is for Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle ClaytonShiny Broken Pieces is the sequel to Tiny Pretty Things.

*CW: Racism, Bullying, Eating Disorders, Self Harm, Drug Use

This was a great ending to the duology. I loved seeing how much the characters had changed between Tiny Pretty Things and this book, especially GiGi. I also loved how much Bette was invested in figuring out what really happened to GiGi and who really did it. The ending wasn’t rushed, and each character’s arc along with the whole story was wrapped up very nicely.


This is the first time I’m doing a review like this but I thought it would be interesting. My first book review of the year was for the book Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton, and you can read that here. The main reason why I read it is that I wanted to watch the Netflix series, and also because I love ballet. I took dance classes when I was younger before switching to gymnastics, and I took a ballet class in college. I’m the type of person who likes to read the book before watching the adaptation. There have been very few cases where I’ve watched the adaptation before reading the book. I’ve probably done it less than five times. Now on to the review which, I will try to keep as non-spoiler as possible.

The show did switch the names of a few of the characters but kept the personalities the same. I was able to match the show characters to their book characters. The show also changes what happened to Cassie and the ballet that the students perform. The show kept June’s complicated relationship with her mother, which I appreciated. If you’ve read the book, you know there’s a lot of drama, and the show did not skimp on that.

If you’re wondering what I enjoyed better, I enjoyed them both equally. The show is binge-worthy and entertaining. I hope there’s a season two which follows the events of Shiny Broken Things


Today’s book review is for Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton.

CW: bullying, eating disorders, drug use, alcoholism

This book is filled with drama and it was entertaining. It was also dark and gritty, and I really enjoyed that aspect. I loved how diverse the cast of characters are in this book. This book was so different than anything that I have ever read and I enjoyed it.


If you are new to my blog, I have decided that I am no longer going to do Friday 56. Friday Update is a feature in which I provide an update on what I read during the week, sometimes what I’m currently reading and what book/books I plan on starting over the weekend.

Today, I bring you my first Friday Update of the new year. I haven’t done one of these since May of 2020.

Let’s get into what I read the first week of the new year.

For the week of 1/1/2021-1/7/2021 I read:
Tiny Pretty Things by Sonia Charaipotra and Dhonielle Clayton– 375 pages

Pages read: 375
Hours read: 3 hours 55 minutes

Weekend plans:
Finish Tiny Pretty Things
Start Lore by Alexandra Bracken


After much thought, I have decided to rejoin Bookstagram, yes, you read that right. I’m rejoining Bookstagram. I will be following my favorite authors, Etsy shops, and publishing houses, I may also follow other readers whose accounts that I enjoy. I’ll probably most likely be posting what I’m currently reading with no props, book mail if and when I get it, and library hauls. I’m probably not going to follow everyone that I followed last time.

My new Instagram name is ashley.reads88 and will be connected to my Twitter account.

*I will also not be doing follow for follow, I am going to be extremely picky about who I follow.


Hosted by Flavia the BibliophileDani @ Mousai Books, and Darque Reader Reads. Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile.  It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers, and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl. Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and I will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!

The theme for January is Look to the Future: Most Anticipated Release.

My pick for this month is:

Honorable mentions:
Cazadora by Romina Garber
Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Take Me Home Tonight by Morgan Matson
Bridge of Souls by Victoria Scwhab
Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease
A Crown So Cursed by L.L. McKinney


Today I bring you my 2020 Reading Year In Review. It will be a combination of my own statistics and statistics from Goodreads.

Statistics from Goodreads:

My own statistics:
# of Pages that I read: 20,173
# of days that I read: 139
# of hours that I read: 190 hours 45 minutes
Money I saved borrowing from the library: $809.47

*Disclaimer: some books on Goodreads did not have page numbers!


Today’s wrap-up is for November and December.  Each month will be separated.  As always screenshots are from Goodreads, books are listed in the order that I read them and are linked to their Goodreads reviews.

For November I read nine books and they were all borrowed from the library.

November Reads
The Magic Misfits The Fourth Suit by Neil Patrick Harris: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3627176940
Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3660331434
Cheshire Crossing by Andy Weir: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3660403472
Check Please by Ngozi Ukazu: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3661774932
Apollo 13 A Successful Failure by Laura B. Edge: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3662062032
Vincent in Wonderland by C.E. White: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3663084181
Hush by Dylan Farrow: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3336065050
Path to the Stars My Journey from Girl Scouts to Rocket Scientist by Sylvia Acevedo: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3670698926
Hidden Figures The Untold True Story of Four African American Woman Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space Young Reader’s Edition by Margot Lee Shetterly: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3671108571

Pages read: 2,279
# of hours that I read: 17
# of days that I read: 8

Weekly page stats:

Book Haul:
Hush by Dylan Farrow- Library

For December I read 10 books.

December reads:
To Fly Among the Stars: A True Story of the Women and Men Who Tested to Become America’s First Astronauts by Rebecca Siegel: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3674939359
Recommended For You by Laura Silverman: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3678633891
The Astronauts Cookbook Tales, Recipes, and More by Charles T. Bourland: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3679406165

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secretes Illustrated by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Pages read: 4,439
# of hours that I read: 40 hours 20 minutes
# of days that I read: 17

Weekly page stats: