Lacy Literacy

Book Reviews, Discussions, Listicles, More

You’re probably wondering why I’ve been MIA for over a month. Well, a bout of chronic illness struck basically leaving me incapable of doing anything other than sleeping. You’re totally jealous, I know.

While sitting in my bed watching Stranger Things, I started thinking about what books I read when I get sick. When I do have my bouts of sickness, I always seem to come back to certain books for a reread to get me through my days. Do I recommend all of these books? Probably not, but they do something good for me.

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Audiobooks have been my SAVIOR in the year 2017. I am eternally grateful for them. Since I started listening to audiobooks, they have become an integral part of my reading life. I think audiobooks are amazing, which is why I want more people to read them.

In an effort to do that, I’m going to be sharing reasons why you should listen to them, give some advice on how to get started, and there will be a giveaway for three audiobooks at the end to get you started on your audiobook journey~

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Welcome to Three Tropes, One Recommendation! This is a new series created by yours truly and it’s meant to be a subset of Trope Tuesdays.

If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know that I love tropes. I thought it would be fun to recommend books based on 3 tropes rather traditional single trope based recommendation. For instance, instead of recommending a book because it’s ‘Enemies to Lovers’, I would recommend it because it has ‘Enemies to Lovers, Second Chance Romance, and Amnesia’. I’m doing this in hopes of further convincing people to read my favorite books, and so people can find new favorites based off of tropes they’re looking for.

Without further ado, I’ll be recommending one of my favorite romances of all time which features Forbidden Love, Love Doesn’t Cure All, and Uniting Our Houses.

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❈ Huge thanks to HarperCollins for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair review ❈

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Title: Like Water
Author: Rebecca Podos
Release Date: October 17th, 2017
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Content Warning: Illness, D slur, some Homophobia

SynopsisIn Savannah Espinoza’s small New Mexico hometown, kids either flee after graduation or they’re trapped there forever. Vanni never planned to get stuck—but that was before her father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, leaving her and her mother to care for him. Now she doesn’t have much of a plan at all: living at home, working as a performing mermaid at a second-rate water park, distracting herself with one boy after another.

That changes the day she meets Leigh. Disillusioned with small-town life and looking for something greater, Leigh is not a “nice girl.” She is unlike anyone Vanni has met, and a friend when Vanni desperately needs one. Soon enough, Leigh is much more than a friend. But caring about another person stirs up the moat Vanni has carefully constructed around herself and threatens to bring to the surface the questions she’s held under for so long.


Like Water has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. All of the details I heard about Like Water made me think it had the makings of my next favorite Young Adult Novel. There was post high school aimlessness, waterpark mermaids, and an on page bisexual main character and genderfluid love interest. And the cover had stars on. After reading Like Water, I feel confused as to why I didn’t absolutely love it.

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With some shake ups in my personal life, I’ve been needing to declutter my life. One of the biggest clutters, of course, is books. Books that I used to love but now no longer do, books that I read and hated, and books that I know I can’t read.

One of those books is 27 Hours. Which I was sent by the publisher. Typically, I don’t talk about books that I decide not to read on my blog, or on Twitter, because I don’t see the need (especially if they have problematic content cause that should be a given). Since I was sent 27 Hours by the publisher, I knew I had to talk about why I’m not going to read it. And then share everything else that is getting the boot from my shelves.

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In late September, I was lucky enough to attend the St. Paul (Yes, the one in Minnesota) stop of Leigh Bardugo’s Midnight Tales Tour for the release of The Language of Thorns hosted by the Red Balloon Bookshop. For those of you who know me, I live in California so it was a whirlwind trip to Minnesota the day of the signing to meet Leigh Bardugo (and see some friends who were also important I guess). It was my first time meeting her, and she truly is a shinning star amongst Young Adult Authors.

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This has been an issue that has been weighing on me for a long time. With the great things that #ownvoices has brought us, it has also brought us this movement for authors writing Queer stories to out themselves in order to give them the “validity” to write the story they are writing. Over the summer, I had a specific experience at a book signing that prompted me to write this post.

As a bisexual reader who hasn’t even been out for a year, I feel particularly invested in this issue because I’m still raw from the circumstances that made me feel forced to come out to a specific group of people. It really breaks my heart when I see this happening.

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And it’s time for another book haul. The last time I did one was way back in Spring after I went to two book festivals. I figured that since I got quite a few books this month from book events (and just blowing some of my cash), I would share some of them~.

Here’s to hoping I don’t spend nearly as much money as I did in September ever again, but knowing I probably will. 🥂

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A week or so ago I was organizing my bookshelves and picked out my copy of Shadow and Bone. Upon opening it up, I came across something horrifying: I dog eared pages of the book.

I KNOW. Who was I back then? Today, I simply don’t dog ear pages (okay, partial lie. I have been know to do it with school books), and that got me thinking: How have I changed as a reader since becoming apart of the book community?

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