Book Review: Swimming Lessons by Lili Reinhart

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Title: Swimming Lessons: Poems

Author: Lili Reinhart

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

Number of Pages: 240

Publisher: Martin’s Griffin

Genre: Poetry, Non-fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

The debut collection of poetry from Lili Reinhart, the actress and outspoken advocate for mental health awareness and body positivity.

Swimming Lessons explores the euphoric beginnings of young love, battling anxiety and depression in the face of fame, and the inevitable heartbreak that stems from passion. Relatable yet deeply intimate, provocative yet comforting, bite-sized yet profound, Lili’s poems reflect her trademark honesty and unique perspective. Accompanied by striking and evocative illustrations, Swimming Lessons reveals the depths of female experience, and is the work of a storyteller who is coming into her own.

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January Reading Plans

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December was a great month for relaxing and just catching up with family and friends. I’ve been quite busy scheduling appointments with my doctor and/or online consultation requests because of a medical condition that I found out about myself in 2019. I had to schedule another lab test to follow my doctor’s advise to monitor the condition every six months. Apparently, my lab result didn’t turn out good, so I needed to undergo another test for second opinion. Anyways, given all that, I still had a great time during the days when I get to rest. I’ve watched a lot of movies, series, and anime! ♡

With all that has happened in the past couple of weeks of December, I’ve only read two books, so I am planning on reading as much as I can this month and have included four books in this list:
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  • My True Love Gave To Me (anthology) edited by Stephanie Perkins
  • The Fifth Season (Broken Earth Trilogy, #1) by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
  • The Guest List by Lucy Foley

Hopefully, I can get to all these in this month. If not, I can always carry them over for next month. No need to pressure myself into reading so many books because one of my 2021 reading resolutions is to take my time when it comes to reading as I’d love to enjoy every minute of the world that I am in instead of reading faster and not being able to devour every moment.

How about you? What’s your first read for 2021?

Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #15

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BOOKS READ:

  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
  • There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

BOOKS BOUGHT:

  • Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

BOOKS RECEIVED:

  • Chain of Gold (The Last Hours, #1) by Cassandra Clare
  • Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker
  • All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth
  • All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

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2020 Reads & Stats

Hi, everyone! How are you today? I hope you found some ways to enjoy the holidays this year even when it’s a bit different from the previous years! 2020 has been a very stressful year for us and to cope with all the anxiety this year has brought me, I have turned and relied on my books more than ever. Books have been one of the reasons that I stayed sane through all that has happened. With that being said, 2020 have been a great reading year for me as I managed to do a lot of reading. So today I will be talking about the books I’ve read in 2020 (+ stats):

  1. Why I’m Sending This To You by Iain S. Thomas – ⭐⭐⭐
  2. One You Can’t Forget by Lexy Timms – ⭐⭐⭐
  3. Timeline by Michael Crichton – DNF
  4. The Da Vinci Code _Robert Langdon, #2) by Dan Brown – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  5. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  6. One-Punch Man, Vol. 3 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  7. One-Punch Man, Vol. 4 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  8. Cardcaptor Sakura, Vol. 4 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  9. Cardcaptor Sakura, Vol. 5 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  10. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler – ⭐⭐⭐
  11. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  12. The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  13. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  14. One-Punch Man, Vol. 5 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  15. This Is How Your Lose Her by Juot Diaz – ⭐⭐⭐
  16. One-Punch Man, Vol. 6 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  17. Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War, Vol. 1 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  18. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 2 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  19. Beauty and the Beast by Jessica Gunderson – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  20. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  21. My Riot by Rick Spears – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  22. Dekada ’70 by Lualhati Bautista – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  23. One-Punch Man, Vol. 7 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  24. Ever After by Olivia Vieweg – ⭐⭐
  25. Please Pick Me by Reina Regina – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  26. Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  27. Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1) by Angie Sage – ⭐⭐⭐
  28. Flyte (Septimus Heap, #2) by Angie Sage – ⭐⭐⭐
  29. The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan – ⭐⭐⭐
  30. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) by Cassandra Clare – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  31. You by Caroline Kepnes – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  32. Wilder Girls by Rory Power – ⭐⭐⭐
  33. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 3 – ⭐⭐⭐
  34. The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  35. The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins – ⭐⭐⭐
  36. Swimming Lessons: Poems by Lili Reinhart – ⭐⭐⭐
  37. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  38. One-Punch Man, Vol. 8 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  39. Becoming by Michelle Obama – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  40. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey – ⭐⭐⭐
  41. The Poppy War (Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  42. Slasher Girls & Monster Boys – ⭐⭐⭐
  43. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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2020 Favorite Reads

We only have a few days left before the year ends and I don’t think I’ll be able to finish another book by then because I’m going to be helping my mom prepare food for Noche Buena and Media Noche! We’ll be making my favorite macaroni salad and mashed potatoes which I am really looking forward to. Haha

I’ll still be doing a lot of reading, of course! I just don’t want to pressure myself with finishing another book before the year ends. Besides, I’ve already read 13 books past my Goodreads challenge! Anyway, so before we welcome another year, I’d like to share with you my 2020 favorites reads:

2020 favorites

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