February Wrap-Up 2017

Super late with this February Wrap-Up but hi everyone!! I hope you are all doing well. As many of you know, I was on a little blog hiatus since I’ve been working on my poetry book. Which by the way, the release date has moved up to April 4th, 2017. I will have a separate post talking all about that sometime very soon. I love sharing this process with you. And thanks to everyone who’s been riding with me.

February was pretty much a life changer for me and my bestie/twin Lilly. Many of you also know her as Lair of Books. It’s all so great because we both didn’t expect our lives to kind of change drastically for the good. She won a “lotto” and got this amazing apartment here in NYC and I had the honor of helping her one day throughout the move. Funny because I was reorganizing her bookshelves (YES SHE LET ME TOUCH HER SHELVES!!!!) while she sat and read/edited my book. That moment was kind of life changing because we were both experiencing our own brand new happiness in a shared time and space. And I’m so happy that we both got to enjoy this bliss together, regardless of all the stress it came with.

I didn’t really read that much in February. I read a total of 5 books.
2 Dark New Adult
3 Poetry Books (I read those in one sitting)

What I Read:



Pennies (Dollar #1) by Pepper Winters ★★★★★ 
Genre: Dark New Adult
The themes of this book would usually drive me to the opposite direction because this one has a ton of trigger warnings but after reading enough non-spoiler reviews, I gave it a chance. And I am so happy that I did because it was soooooo good. I have a mini-review here.





Dollars (Dollar #2) by Pepper Winters ★★★★★ 
Genre: Dark New Adult
I needed the second book to this series after reading Pennies. I devoured this one and it never suffered from second book syndrome. I cannot wait for the rest of the series to release. I need to know what happens next. I also wrote a mini-review for Dollars here.








Uncaged Wallflower by Jennae Cecelia ★★★★
Genre: Poetry
Full of positivity and motivation, this collection is definitely a pick-me-upper. I have a review here that includes some poems from the book.







The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson ★★★★★ Genre: Poetry
I NEED ALL OF YOU TO PICK THIS ONE UP RIGHT NOW!! I can’t stop gushing about it but seriously this collection is so raw and beautiful. Definitely a high-fave in the poetry spectrum. I will boast about it for days. If you want to check out some of the poems, I have a full review here.








It Starts Like This by Shelby Leigh ★★★★★ 
Genre: Poetry
An amazing debut collection. Shelby wrote a poem every single day in 2015 and this collection shows some of her favorites. If you want to know more and read some of the poems, you can check out my review here.






Since I was on a blog hiatus, I only posted one poem and that is:
oh hi, i wrote a thing



The cover reveal to my poetry book ‘love, and you’ was posted February 20th!!! I still cannot believe this is happening! Less than a month away, my first book will be out to the world…ahhhhhhh!!!!!!

love, and you has a Goodreads page!

I also received my first physical proof copy in the mail and it was surreal. I cried.


I want to thank everyone who’s been supporting me through this journey. You all make this so effortless. Thank you all.

how has everything been on your end? i hope you are all doing well! let’s chat in the comments =)

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30 thoughts on “February Wrap-Up 2017

  1. 1st of all, LOVE the banner *heart eyes* & 2nd—-that intro took me back to that day bestie! I think it will be reserved in my heart & memories for a VERY long time 😉 Originally I had scheduled the day off from work just to edit Love, and You & legit over the course of 1 night my life changed & a blessing was thrown my way. Thank you for being understanding & sharing that crazy day lol! I’m so proud of everything you’ve accomplished & most importantly for sharing your own personal experiences in your poetry. Your voice is fresh & will resonate with people from all walks of life. Love you! & I wish for you all the success in the world. I cannot wait to have Love, and You in my hands & on my shelf for display! 😉

    P.S. thank you for being there for me via Facetime, phone calls, text, Gchats, and the all too funny Voice Notes at all hours of the day/night haha! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • lol girl i told you that i would be there whenever you need me. that day was crazy indeed but at least stuff was done lol and now you’re allllll settled =)
      thanks for being a part of this journey with me. it wouldn’t have been the same without you. i can’t wait for you to hold a copy in your hands!!
      i love for our VNs, gchats, facetime, and calls lol. they make my day!


  2. Well even if you read less that you usually do, I’m glad you enjoyed all the books!
    The release day of “love, and you” is edging near and I can’t wait to have a copy for my own!

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  3. YES SHE LET ME TOUCH HER SHELVES!!!! <– Haha. You ladies are the best ❤ I can just see you together during the move.

    February has been amazing for you! I do not know how to appropriately sum up my joy, anticipation and excitement for you, but just know that they are all present on very huge levels. I am eager to see where you go from here ❤ ❤ ❤

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  4. Aww, I’m so happy you and Lilly got to experience that together ♥ I love your friendship so much!

    I’m definitely gonna have to check out all the poetry books you read 😀 I’m also SO excited for yours to release, ahhhh. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. It releases really close to my birthday too, so thanks 😉 I can’t imagine how you must have felt receiving the physical copy!!

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    • Awwww thank you so much!!!! I am so grateful to have Lilly in my life, she’s an amazing person.

      I can’t wait to hear what you think about my book! It’s so cool that it’s coming out on your birthday! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!! And I definitely cried when I received the proof copy =)
      Thanks so much for your support, it means tons to me!


  5. Don’t you ever sell yourself short! You have been busy with so many other things, the blog is obviously not the focus right now. I think you had a fabulous February! Plus, it warms my heart that things have gone so well for you and Lilly lately. You both deserve happiness and peace. It sounds like you even found that moment together. honestly, I’m a tad jealous. 🙂

    I can’t wait for your book. It will be spectacular.

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