Novel Update – We’ve Got a Cover!

Now that we’ve finalized the design for the cover, I’m also excited to announce that there will be ARC’s available very soon.

I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has followed my updates and shown support during each stage of this book. Your encouragement helped me push through and I’m incredibly grateful for all of it.

Over the next week I will be releasing more information about the ARC’s, for those interested in reviewing, but for now I will be sharing that little teaser image and letting you know that the ARC’s provided will be in ebook format.

Here is a little more information:

Target Audience: YA.

Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance…

Check out 5th Grade Challenge on Audible!

“Ted, the 5th grade genius and Veronica, his arch-rival, are constantly pranking each other. When the pranks spill over and ignite a grade-wide war, the teachers organize a girls vs. boys competition.”

This is a project I’ve been working on during 2020 with author Jamaal Fridge! I absolutely loved voicing his characters and discussing his work with him. It was so much fun and such a great learning experience as both an actor and an author!

You can find the audiobook on audible and read along!

Sold Out!

I’m not sure what happened since lock down but every manga series I’m currently reading is sold out online. Normally when something like this happens it’s because the series is being adapted into an anime.

I tend to buy one or two books in a series at a time, especially when I’m trying it out. So of course to my surprise when a series I haven’t seen anyone else reading is suddenly flying off the shelf, I’m like “Oh no…” because now I have to wait until its back in stock and unfortunately sometimes that can take months, especially if it’s Shojo. Shojo is that genre that tends to get overlooked unless one series in particular is trending, otherwise most sellers don’t pay any attention to it. It sucks for readers but I’ve gotten so used to it that I’ve just learned to jump between multiple manga series while I wait for the next volume. This is just that odd time where literally all of the series I’m currently reading are sold out. I’m sure the pandemic has something to do with the shortage. I know that one company had a warehouse fire and is still recovering from that, so the one series I’m reading is on hiatus until later this year.

Still it’s kind of a bummer because I was finally catching up on all of my reading.

I’ll probably keep checking online to see if the books are in stock yet and if I can order them. If now perhaps I’ll have to start something new…or buy one of the expensive ones that I tend to only purchase when I have gift cards.

We’re Getting Closer!

I really enjoyed the editing process so I’m looking forward to the next step in my publishing journey. I’ve got lots to do so I created a schedule for myself to keep track of everything. My deadline is fast approaching, so I’ve actually been writing this blog post in between during my breaks.

I’ve been meaning to post a novel update video on YouTube, discussing this portion of my journey, but I film on my phone and it hasn’t been working properly. I’ve got a few little clips that I backed up immediately onto my laptop just in case my phone decides to be a butt again…which is like a few times a week unfortunately. I also noticed the other day that I reached 100 subscribers on my YouTube channel, which honestly surprised me because last time I checked I thought I had only 30 people subscribed to my content. I really don’t understand how the algorithm works. One of my oldest friends from elementary school actually found my channel the other day but I have no clue how to message people on YouTube. I haven’t seen her since high school! It was funny because I had been talking to one of my buddies about her the other day. I’m hoping she reads this so I can be like “Hi!!!”

The feedback that I’ve received on my manuscript has been incredibly helpful. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned. I’ve even made little notes so that I can go back and reference some of the comments and advice I’ve been given and apply it to my other work. My notebooks only got a few pages left in it now, but thankfully I have two cute ones that I’ve been saving for an occasion such as this one.

I’ve been trying to catch up on my reading during the lock down, but I suppose I’ve had to put that on hold because of all this publishing stuff. I’ve thankfully plowed through the majority of the owned books in my TBR, and ordered two more from a series I’ve been reading. One of my co-workers also gave me some excellent recommendations, so I’ll be checking those out once I’ve got a little more free time. I own one of the books from her list so I plan on starting with that one!

I wonder if anyone at work knows I have a blog?

Hi everyone! How’s life? I miss you all!

If you follow me on instragram, you’ll know that I just started playing Animal Crossing. I’ve wanted to play for a while now and have had the game for at least a month, but I didn’t have time to start the game because I was either recording or editing…or babysitting. Then when I finally had the time to play, I got busy again! My sister’s been playing on my behalf. I finally got a house in the game.

I’d better get back to work. I’ve got some things I need to wrap up.

Manga Recommendations

I’ve been plowing through my manga TBR lately and I’m pleased to say each of the new series I’ve started has been wonderful. A lot of them remind me of spring, and with the warm weather I’ve begun prepping a list of books to read outside.

First on my list is…

Waiting for Spring

I’ve only read volume 1 so far, but there was such a warmth to this first book that made me want to get my hands on the rest of the series as soon as possible!

The story follows a high-schooler named Mizuki who is struggling to make friends in her first year. She’s very shy, and struggles to reach out and open herself up to others.

After a series of events, she ends up being befriended by a group of boys from the schools basketball team.

I found Mizuki very easy to relate to and her new friends are incredibly funny, sweet and endearing.

I’m glad that I decided to take a chance on this series! I’ll definitely be doing a longer review of it in the near future, but I’ve been working and editing and haven’t had the time to type out my reviews haha.

I gave this first volume a full 5 stars!

The next book on my list…or I should say the next series is…


Love Me, Love Me Not

I’ve raved on and on about Io Sakisaka’s work here on my blog, and if you follow me on Goodreads, you’ll know that I’ve been reading this series now that the official English translations are available!

I adore every single leading character in this series. I constantly feel the need to scream “protect Yuna at all costs!” because she’s so precious. She’s just such a sweet, generous and thoughtful character.

This is one of those series where you can’t help but root for everyone. As the reader, you feel drawn to the cast, which is something that Io Sakisaka does really well with her shojo romances. All of her characters are relatable to some degree, and each have a clear goal in mind.

I like that compared to some of her previous work, these characters aren’t all simply striving towards the goal of gaining the affection of another…but are also discovering themselves and learning to love who they are!

I think as of the 3rd volume in the series, that Yuna is my favourite character, because I’ve gotten to see her become more and more confident in herself each volume.

5 stars!


A Sign of Affection

This book was fantastic! I’m so excited for the next volume to come out. Firstly, that artwork was breath-taking. I don’t know how else to describe it. It was lovely.

A brief summary: Yuki is a college student, who meets Itsuomi, a classmate of her best friend, who helps her on the train when a foreigner asks for directions.

Itsuomi speaks several languages, but doesn’t know sign language, which is what Yuki uses. Yuki offers to teach him so that the two of them can be friends. This friendship soon begins to blossom into something more…

The way sign language was incorporated throughout this book was excellent. It’s clear that the team did their research, and consulted with several sources when deciding to incorporate it into this manga. It was handled with respect and care.


I loved Yuki as the lead. She’s sweet, funny and genuine. She’s such a bright, warm, relatable character. I connected with her instantly and I absolutely adore her friends. There isn’t a single character in this book that I dislike!

5 Stars!


Daytime Shooting Star

CW: Student-teacher relationship and gaslighting…

I was ranting about this series to one of my co-workers the other day. I’ve reviewed the earlier volumes here on my blog, and each time the comment is the same.

Great series, but the teacher love interest thing really bugs me.

This volume however, which is volume 7 in the series had me cheering! I don’t want to give away any major spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read it, but Mr. Shishio gets whats coming to him.

It sucks because I like his character, I just hate his actions. He constantly questions his relationship with Suzume and YET continues to do the wrong thing…which just makes me so angry.

The story line is really well done. Watching all the anxiety and just…self-doubt that Suzume has in this volume is upsetting and there were definitely events in the previous volumes that lead up to this. I’m 100% going to finish this series because it’s really good!

I also love how in this volume the Mika Yamamori mentioned how almost all her readers hate Mr. Shishio. I found that so funny.

I really just want Suzume to be okay…because watching her go through all of this stress and anxiety makes me so sad. Like…I’m almost protective of her at this point. She’s just, such a good kid. I hate seeing her go through this.

This series overall at this point is a 4.5. Well written, lovely artwork but Mr. Shishio makes my stomach turn.

I also thought I would include a content warning above, as I know there are people out there who were in this type of situation and that this series may be a trigger for them. I feel its necessary for this series…especially with volume 7. Like…it hit hard.


A Perfect World

This series is extremely well researched. I was shocked. Not because I didn’t expect them to research spinal chord injuries, but because they didn’t gloss over anything…like they actually go into detail about the difficulties people in this type of relationship can face.

The cover of this book is beautiful, but unfortunately the image quality of it on Goodreads isn’t great.

To give some background, my Dad’s job is building and adjusting wheelchairs. So over the years, I’ve learned a few things here and there about different types of seat cushions, foot rests…that sort of thing, and how each chair should be specifically set for that particular person based on factors like their height, their usage (how often they’ll be in the chair) and the injury they have.

So when I saw all of this INCLUDED in this manga, I was like “Whoa! This is really detailed!”

Clearly, I’m not an expert on wheelchairs or spinal injuries. I’m not my Dad–I studied English Literature and Creative Writing–but from just going to work with him over the years and listening to him talk about some of the builds he’s done, I know that the authors really took the time to make sure that they learned everything they could when they decided to create this series.

I also love that the relationship isn’t heavily glamorized. I’ve seen this done in films and often it falls into the “sick girl/sick boy” trope which kind of…at least in my personal opinion has become a branch off of the manic pixie dream girl trope.

This series isn’t like that at all! These two people, Tsugumi and Itsuki are navigating their relationship, and learning about themselves as individuals and themselves as a couple. Tsugumi, although she loves him feels as though she isn’t doing enough for Itsuki whereas Itsuki believes that he’s holding Tsugumi back. The two of them are constantly trying to make life easier on the other, and questioning whether they’re a good match. The relationship is new to the both of them…and their actions don’t just have an effect on each other but on their family and friends as well.

I really love how thoughtful this series is, and I would definitely recommend it. I’ve read books 1-3 so far.

5 Stars!

Editing Tips!

I made this video back in 2020 after having several people mention that when it came to editing they felt overwhelmed. Most pointed out that they had know idea where to start.

I thought that by putting my tips into a video format, that it would make it easier for people. I wanted to keep it short, and to the point. I’m someone who enjoys this process, but after years of tutoring and editing for others I’ve learned how quickly a person can stress themselves out. A lot of them will say things like, “I just wanted to write a story! Why do I have to do more work?”

I get it. I do. You feel like you’ve finally completed something and then BAM, you get hit with this realization that there’s a lot more work to do. It’s okay. It’s perfectly normal to be a little stressed out by that, especially if this is your first time completing a book.

I hope that this video will be helpful to those who get overwhelmed by this process. I spend a lot of time editing myself, and something that I have learned…and this is probably one of the most important tips, is that it is important to take breaks. Step away for an hour, go for a walk, call your folks, play a game…whatever it is, take a few moments to allow yourself to unwind. Your thoughts will flow better, and you’ll be able to edit more effectively while you’re in a good headspace.

Happy editing!

Reading and Writing

Oddly enough, every book I’ve read/purchased within these past couple of weeks has a pink and blue cover. Perhaps it’s my brain reminding me that spring is coming or my love for cotton candy ice cream?

Either way, each of these books have been fantastic and engaging. I’m thrilled every time I pick one up.

A lot of the ARCs I’d been reading/was interested in came out this month so I’ve been making a list of which ones I definitely want to check out.

Editing has put me a little behind in my reading schedule. If only reading your own work over and over counted towards your reading goals for the year. Oh well. I enjoy the editing process. I continue to learn new things about my own writing and how I can improve the development of my characters and stories. It’s almost like when you’re studying a text but instead of doing a single scene analysis, you’re analyzing it as a whole. I hope that I can apply everything I’ve learned to my other projects.

Reading books within my genre also assist me when I’m editing. They provide examples of different things that I may be trying to improve upon in my own work, which is wonderful. It also allows me to see how others go about conveying certain elements of their story, such as feelings of loss or frustration.

There are times when putting certain emotions to paper is difficult. Mainly because it is so easy to say that a character is feeling uncomfortable versus showing that discomfort within a scene. It’s something that takes a lot of practice and I truly believe that part of that practice does come from the books we consume as authors.

I’m curious to see what types of books I consume the most this year and how that reflects my writing.

BookTuber’s to Watch

BookTube makes me so happy. It’s comforting…it completely contrasts those drama channels I end up binging. I mean, yes there is of course drama IN the books themselves and like all YouTube communities there has been a bit of discourse in the community over the years.

However, BookTube is a special place for me. I’ve seen favourites of mine cry during live stream discussions, or crack jokes about their favourite scene in a book. I’ve grown found of certain reviewers, whether it be the way they aggressively unbox things during a haul, or wrap themselves in a blanket and drink coffee while gushing over their latest read. I also love the rants and the unhauls. I didn’t even realize unhauls were a thing until recently…and I’ve been binging those too.

For this post I thought I would share a handful of BookTuber’s I enjoy.

Big City Bee

Bee has the cutest videos! I love her blooper reels and how she teases the books in her thumbnails. This here is her latest video, which is Valentine themed. She even wore read!

I like Bee’s videos because they’re just…warm and fun. I also like that they’re not too long. Bee also includes music in their videos which I love! A lot of the BookTuber’s I watch don’t include music. I find the music Bee uses really compliment the video style, and Bee’s personality! Bee also has a fantastic editing style! I’m honestly jealous of how good it is!

I also recommend checking out their bookstagram and twitter!

The Bookish Realm

The Bookish Realm is my go to for overall BookTube community discussions. Also, every time I watch one of their videos, they are sporting a really cute lipstick! I know lipstick seems like a weird thing to mention in regards to books…but I love how every booktuber I watch has this little thing that shows off their personality.

The Bookish Realm reviews a bunch of books across the board, from Middle Grade to General Fiction. I love their fantasy and YA recommendations. Especially for series. They’re also a librarian, which I think might be another reason why I love their discussions so much. They are so thoughtful and insightful when it comes to critiquing books as well as talking about ways we can improve the BookTube community! I highly recommend checking out their channel!

Connor Stompanato

The first video I watched of Connor’s they were baking a book cover inspired cake. I thought this was so cool and subscribed automatically.

I like when they do vlog type videos and also the fact that they review both classic books and books by indie authors. I don’t know a lot of BookTuber’s that highlight Indie books like Connor does. I think this is great because there is still a divide between traditional publishing and indie/self publishing. Connor highlighting indie books in his videos while also talking about traditionally published literary classics is the contrast we need!

I also recommend checking out Connor’s instagram for more book related content!

Pygmy Puff Reads

Like Bee, Pygmy Puff tends to review one book at a time. Something that I really like, as it keeps the videos a bit shorter. I recently found their channel and the first thing I noticed is that Pygmy is bubbly and fun and gives such thoughtful reviews!

I also like that they try to keep their reviews spoiler free and aren’t afraid to discuss books in relation to what’s going on in the world today.

The Redhead Reader

Sasha is The Redhead Reader, and has a cat! If you love cute little balls of fluff that is just one of the reasons you should check out their videos! I also really like how when they talk, it’s very conversational. Their reviews aren’t very long and their hauls are always fun! They’re also sweet, honest and funny.

Breakeven Books

I really love how Eric/Breakeven Books reviews Graphic Novels, which is why I selected this video. I don’t follow many BookTuber’s who recommend them as well as reviewing novels.

I also read both, so it’s refreshing to find someone else who does too.

Breakeven Books is kind, funny and gives thoughtful honest reviews on everything they read. I’ve loved watching their channel grow.

Rue’s Reading Corner

Rue also reads graphic novels and manga. As I mentioned before, I don’t find many BookTuber’s who review both so I’m always happy when I do.

Rue is bubbly, warm and enthusiastic, especially in their hauls. I’ve said this about other BookTuber’s on this list, but I like that Rue’s videos aren’t too long. I think the reason I enjoy the shorter videos is because I can watch them when I’m on break during work.

If you’re into manga and anime I definitely recommend checking out Rue’s channel!

Myonna Reads

Myonna is extremely fashionable and fun. I love her unhaul videos as much as her hauls. She’s a book collector as well as a reader and reviewer.

I like how her book space looks. It gives off a warm, comforting feel. Her videos make me want to redo a ton of my book spaces around the house. Mine are usually very messy…

Myonna’s novel reviews are really lovely, bubbly and honest.

Little Wolf

Little Wolf or Tish’s videos kind of give off this academia vibe. They remind me of when I used to sit and read in one of the campus pubs between classes while I was in university. It’s comforting…familiar.

They do more than just reviews but also have discussions on their channel, and do some themed videos as well. In this video, which was released back in June, they discuss the BookTube community. Much like Bookish Realm, they do these thoughtful video discussions with their subscribers and speak truthfully about their feelings toward the overall community.

I’ve also seen Myonna do discussion videos like these as well, which I’m truly grateful for. These discussions are important, as I believe Pygmy mentioned in their video review about Sun About Age.


I hope you’ll check out some of these BookTuber’s and take the time to check out the bigger discussions that the BookTuber community has been having, especially the discussions regarding the treatment of POC on the platform.

I want to encourage everyone to not only seek out POC voices during Black History Month and when BLM is trending, but year round. These issues and discussions are apart of peoples every day lives! Continue to seek out BIPOC authors, support BIPOC creators, businesses. Expand and educate yourself.

Is It Okay to Review a DNF?

I’ve heard several different arguments about this over the years, both on the side of the reader and the author. It can be a touchy subject but I do think everyone’s opinions on the matter are valid.

I know as a reader that when going through reviews of a particular book, I like to know why certain reviewers decided to drop the book. Their reasoning may be something that I too would find unappealing. I myself can usually tell if I like a book if I’ve sped through the first three chapters. If I start reading something, and by chapter three I’m still engaged it’s a good sign. 9/10 times this method works for me.

Unfortunately, during university I was forced to finish many books that I found dry, distasteful, etc…as we were expected to discuss them, and study them throughout the semester. Trying to break out of that habit years later has been difficult. Although I know that I’m no longer required to finish a book I don’t like, my brain keeps telling me to “give it a chance” as if this book might be on an exam or something.

In January I ended up reading two books that just weren’t for me. Both had things in them that I found problematic but I only reviewed the one I finished reading on my blog. The other, which I did not finish, was an ARC that I stopped reading around the 5th chapter. I was excited for the book. I really was…but I was disappointed. It fell short of my expectations and there was a lot of over explanation being done to the point where it distracted from the story.

As you may have noticed, I haven’t mentioned the name of the book. The main reason is that this book is another authors debut. Out of respect for the author, and because I received an advanced copy, I just don’t feel right about giving a full, proper review.

What I did instead was I submitted a private DNF explanation through net galley. I chose to do this rather than submit a review, as I would hate to discourage people from reading someone else’s work…or attack an author before their book is even released because of something I personally found problematic. That just isn’t fair. Someone else might love it.

There are points that I made in my DNF statement that I hope the author and publisher will take into consideration, but ultimately I know the opinions of one person won’t necessarily be enough for them to take those things into consideration. Had this book already been on shelves…say for a month or two, I would have considered doing a public review. A DNF review of ARC however just doesn’t seem fair…at least not to me. ARC reviews are supposed to help market a book. I personally don’t feel like I can give a proper, full review to something if I’ve only read 5 chapters. However, as I mentioned I think if the book had been released for several months and I purchased a copy, sharing my opinion publicly would be fair.

I honestly don’t know if I was just being nit-picky because of the problems I’d come across in the book I reviewed previously, or if there were were issues in the text. I know that based on feedback from ARCs, novels have been pulled and revised before publication and I am hoping for the sake of this new author, that their book does go through some revisions prior to its release.

Something that people don’t consider is that just because a book has a white protagonist, doesn’t mean it doesn’t require sensitivity/beta readers from a diverse group of people. I know that if I had say, been given the opportunity to read this book prior to this ARC…say as an editor, I would have definitely pointed things out to the author. They have a good concept. It’s clear they wanted to have a diverse cast…they just didn’t excecute it in a way that sat well with well…me a POC. Even stating this, I feel is too much. I don’t think it’s fair.

As I mentioned before, DNF reviews can be helpful to readers. However, the ones that simply say, “DNF. 1 star.” are neither helpful to the reader or the author. If that’s all a person has to say, then to me it seems well…pointless. I like to know why someone disliked a book just as much as why a person enjoyed it. If the person simply wants to avoid spoilers, that’s fine but they can still provide some brief explanation as to why.

An example could be: I didn’t finish this book because the introduction dragged on for too long.

That’s quick, simple and doesn’t give anything away to other potential readers. I’d consider that a fair DNF statement.

Other DNF statements that I find fair are the ones that go into length about issues they had with the book. I should add that I like the ones that are a little more respectful. I wish I could pull up an example of one that I saw recently by a fellow reviewer. Her DNF review was extremely throughtful. I won’t go hunting for it though as I didn’t ask for her permission. I will however be including her in my BookTuber’s to watch post.

I’m curious to know what your thoughts are on this subject? Have you ever left a DNF review? Do you find them helpful or do you think it’s only fair to review/consider reviews of something that’s been read completely?