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slice of life | 06/24/22

Updated: Sep 14, 2022

💭 pre(r)amble

life has been a bit busy lately! we threw mom a surprise birthday party and had family over for the week after. work has been a lot and I'm actually in the middle of transitioning into another job.


📖 currently reading...

because of how busy I've been, it's been pretty hard for me to focus for too long with reading. by the time I get to bed, I'm falling asleep ten minutes in...


Darling Girl by Liz Michalski

so far, I'm really loving this book! I really like the nods to Peter pan and all of the reimaginings of the characters and how they translate to a modern world. on the other hand, I realized that I remembered very little of the actual story of Peter pan. I've never read the original book, but I know I watched the cartoon as a little girl and I know my mom took me to see the show when I was very young as well. the other night I rewatched the cartoon and I realized I didn't really forget too much but it was good for me to refresh my memory and give me further context. the characters are compelling so far and the plot really draws me in. I've been annotating my books again and it's been mildly successful? I need to find a new system. but I'll get there. :)


I, Antigone by Carlo Gébler

ah yes; another book about another book I kinda remember. I loved the story of antigone when I was in college and I was thinking this book would be just a retelling of her story but so far, I'm 40% in and we're just getting to the part where oedipus is born. I think it makes sense that in order to understand her and her character, it is important to understand the grander picture of her life, namely her father's journey and tragedy. I kinda wish I had the ebook or even physical book for this because there are so many beautiful quotes in this book that I want to highlight and book marking it all on the netgalley app is a little frantic mid washing the dishes or whatever I'm doing. this is definitely a book I'm considering buying for myself to add to my library.

I couldn't find this book on, so I will include my amazon link here.


📚 books on my kindle I want to read...

oh my god, so a couple of books I've been wanting to read hit my virtual shelf recently and I'm having a very difficult time trying to stick to the two books I'm reading/listening to. usually I juggle but a couple months ago, I decided to try being (relatively) monogamous with my books and it's definitely not working. I'm itching to start reading these books hard.


All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers Pub Date: August 16th 2022

I have been a huge fan of the crime junkie podcast since I found it at the end of 2018, so when I saw the announcement on publisher's weekly that Crime junkie host Ashley flowers was writing a book I ran to netgalley to see if I could get an advanced copy to review for the blog! I'm so excited to dive in and I know I'm definitely going to preorder it when I'm done!


Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales Pub Date: November 29th 2022

the synopsis to this book sounds wild and I think this will be the contemporary romance/pastel covered book that will make me believe in vulnerability. I'm so glad I got the arc from netgalley and I'm eager to dive into this!!


For the Throne by Hannah Whitten

I loved for the wolf when I read it at the beginning of this year (see my janua-reads post for a very brief review) so I immediately pre-ordered this book. I'm super excited to read this next one! the first book ended on such a cliff-hanger and I'm in love with the wolf (so that's pretty motivating in and of itself).


A Ruin of Roses by K. F. Breene

this is pure smut. who am I to pretend it's not?! but I did say I wanted to try reading more smut, sooo...

outside of that, other reasons I'm excited about this book are:

  1. beauty and the beast has always been my favorite Disney movie

  2. I really want a new series to get into that I can just devour

  3. I had such high hopes that I would like A Court of Thorns and Roses last year but I couldn't get through it; maybe this will be the one to break the spell?


💡 make the switch

I want to be responsible when shopping for books but it's so hard to avoid amazon because it's so convenient. after being in publishing and having worked with indie bookstores, I feel like I have a responsibility to help where I can. that said, i've decided to switch all of the affiliate links on this site for books to links.

Our Vision: We work to connect readers with independent booksellers all over the world. We believe local bookstores are essential community hubs that foster culture, curiosity, and a love of reading, and we're committed to helping them survive and thrive. Our platform gives independent bookstores tools to compete online and financial support to help them maintain their presence in local communities. from the "about" page

I am also going to try to be more mindful of my own personal book spending. I've been wanting to expand my personal library again but it's been hard to do in the small space I have. so I've decided to try accessing more ebooks and audiobooks through libby (the library app) and anything I receive through netgalley. maybe this will also help me get through my tbr backlog too? (wishful thinking, I know)

any additional affiliate links will be marked accordingly.


♥️ in my life, i love you more.

as usual, life goes on. i had a doctor's appointment yesterday; my first appointment since finding out I'm in remission. I actually thought I had an appointment a couple weeks ago and I didnt realize it had been rescheduled. I had been so anxious the night before and I was up until 4am just packing and repacking my purse. I kept running back in the house because forgot my water bottle and my camera and then my keys and then my coffee and my breakfast sandwich. and I finally get to the cancer institute and I find out, I've been rescheduled. it was exhausting and frustrating.

the other night was a little better leading up to my appointment. I stayed up until 2am instead of 4am so I guess that's an improvement? I think I'll write a whole post about this on my Amanda vs cancer blog because I'm too emotionally exhausted right now to even think about it any more.

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