Hi guys! I’m back!👋🙈💗

Hi everyone!😃

It’s hard to believe that I’ve dropped off the face of the blogosphere (and I guess read-o-sphere) for almost a month now. It sucked! But today I did my last exam, which was math, and besides next Wednesday when we get our results back, I am officially done school for the summer! Woo-hoo!🎉

So, let’s talk about this blog. With the exception of this month, I’d been trying my very hardest to post daily. I’m afraid that I will be switching that from now on to 2-3 times a week, or maybe even 4 if I’m feeling nice. Do you know how long it takes me to write up all my blog posts and read close to 20 books a month? If not, it takes a super long time, believe me. I want to have time to do things besides reading and blogging all weekend long, and this is why I’ll be posting a bit less.

I have yet to implement a long-term plan for this, but I’m thinking that I’ll post 1 review and Top Ten Thursday per week, and then for my third post, I’ll alternate between posting another review or a tag. Depends on how much I read and want to review.🙈

Anyway… the moral of the story is that I’m back! I’ll just have to get back into the reading and blogging groove that I’ve lost over the past month, and then I’ll be set! Looking forward to interacting with you guys again!💗💗

~Kayla💞

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Hiatus (Exams…😟)

Hi everyone!☺️

I just wanted to let you all know that since my exams are coming up at the end of the month, I will be taking a hiatus through to the end of June so I can focus on my studies. I will try to schedule as many posts as possible for this block of time, but I can’t make any promises.

Please still don’t be afraid to leave comments- I will get to responding to them whenever I have time. I may be quite slow to reply, but know that I definitely will as soon as I have some free time.

Thank you so much for understanding, guys! Once the bell goes on the last day of exams, I will be running right back to you all!

Au revoir!💜

WWW Wednesday #1

*All answers are as of Saturday, May 13, 2017, as that is when I had the time to write this post🙈*

Hi everyone!☺️

Since Top Ten Thursday this week is being replaced by an ARC review, this week I decided to take part in the meme “WWW Wednesday,” which is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. For those of you who don’t know, in this meme, bloggers state the books that they have recently finished, are currently reading, and are about to read. I plan on participating in this meme every time I don’t have an idea for Top Ten Thursday.

So let’s-a-go!😉


What am I currently reading?

As I write this, I am actually between reads, which I will touch on below. Read on!😂⬇️


What did I recently finish reading?

These were the last three books I completed. They were all four-star reads, and I honestly can’t say which one I liked the most.😌

10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac is all about a lesbian girl named Maeve who also suffered from severe anxiety, and I definitely related to her in some ways. There were also many other aspects of the book that I loved.💞

Lucky Jonah is basically a middle-grade version of Every Day by David Levithan, which is a book that I adored. I loved the morals and the intriguing plot of the book, and it was diversely crafted, as well- the male main character was gay and had feelings for boys.

Cracked up to Be is a book that follows a girl named Parker through the end of her high school career, and she has suddenly become very depressed. I found Parker to be very interesting, as well as the situation that she was in.👌

I will be reviewing all of these books ASAP!


What do I hope to read next?

One of these babies! But if you’re reading this now, I’ve probably already finished at least one or two of them!😂


So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What are you currently reading, what did you last finish, and what do you plan to read next? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

My Dream Reading Space💘

Hi everyone!👋

Recently, Arhaus.com reached out to me and asked me to participate in a reading nook project, in which I was asked to compile some of the furniture pieces and other miscellaneous items that I would include in my dream nook. Thus, I am super excited to share this post about my dream reading space with you! Thank you so much for including me, Arhaus team!💜

Anyway, without further ado, here are the components of my dream reading nook. Enjoy!😘


So, what would my dream reading space look like?

First, I would love to have a sectional sofa like the one below in my reading nook. I usually enjoy reading in bed, but sometimes I also enjoy it sitting on a nice, cosy couch or armchair. That way, with a sectional sofa, I could lie down and read as well as sit up and read whenever my heart desires!💕

I’d also put some of my most loved stuffed animals on the sofa to brighten up the room. I know, I know, I’m a child at heart!💘

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Secondly, one thing I would LOVE to have is a nice bookshelf with fairy lights attached to it. I have seen this all over Pinterest, Instagram, and on others’ blogs, and it is seriously a gorgeous sight to see. My hope is that it would look something like this:

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As for the colour of the wall, I would make it a light, happy colour, such as a good shade of white, turquoise, light pink, or light yellow. Reading makes me happy, and I’d want the colour of the walls to reflect that.

A colour like the one on the walls below would be parfait!👌

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Lighting-wise, I wouldn’t dream of anything too fancy. Maybe a small chandelier, potlights, or a pretty lamp would do the trick!

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(The potlights and the lamp are both great!)
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In addition to my normal bookshelves with fairy lights attached to them, I would also enjoy having some floating bookshelves to showcase my absolute favourite books. Probably one or two of them would be enough, but I’d be willing to get some more if I find anymore favourites.☺️

These types of shelves below would be perfect, as long as the books were being held up by bookends, haha! Preferably my K bookends that my dad got me for Hannukah!☺️

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So there we have it, all my must-haves for my dream reading nook! This post was so much fun to put together- a warm thank you once again to the Arhaus team for giving me the opportunity to participate!💘☺️

If you’re looking for inspiration to design your own reading nook, then definitely give the collections on Arhaus.com a look. They have many awesome products, ranging from their living room collections to their lighting collections. I also found many of these pictures on Pinterest– it’s very helpful for finding inspiration as well.


So tell me, what would your dream reading nook look like? Would you enjoy having any of these pieces in it? Let me know in the comments below.

As well, if any of you have posts showcasing your current reading nook or dream reading nook, I would love to see them, so be sure to link them up below!

Au revoir!💜

1-Year Anniversary Q + A Answer Post🎉

Hi everyone!☺️

On April 10th, I celebrated my first blogiversary! Along with that, I also announced my first ever Q&A, and this is where I will be answering all of the questions I received!

You guys all asked great questions, and I can’t wait to answer them! Thank you so much to all of you who participated, it means so much to me!💜

So let’s get started!


Stephanie @ TeacherOfYA asks: “What is your fave genre of all time? Like if you could only read one genre forever? 😉🙃

Contemporary, 100%! I just love any fluffy, realistic book that can lift up my spirits.☺️

Shouni @ Through the Book Portal asks: “Do you have an auto – read author? (Like an author whose book you’ll read no matter what they wrote)”

I have many auto-read authors! Some of these include Morgan Matson, Kiera Cass, R.J. Palacio, my aunty Robyn Levy, and SO MANY MORE.💜

Krysti @ YA and Wine asks: “If you could give one piece of advice to beginning bloggers, what would it be?”

Similarly, Rosie @ The Book Cover Girls asks: “Do you have any blogging advice? What are some lessons you’ve learned in your first year of blogging that you could pass on?”

My biggest piece of blogging advice would be to be yourself and to not be afraid to let out your personality on your blog. It is rather easy to tell if you aren’t being authentic, and thus it will be harder to draw in followers if you are a fake version of yourself. Go all out with your personality, and I promise that others will go all out and follow you.😉

Poulami @ Daydreaming Books asks: “What are your hobbies? (Besides reading and blogging)”

Besides reading and blogging, I love hanging out with friends and family, reading random articles on my computer (ahem, BUZZFEED!), using social media, and studying. Yes. You heard me. I enjoy studying. I am just a learner at heart, so I love to jam information into my brain like the world is about to end, haha!😂

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions asks: “Name three books that you can’t live without?”

This question is hard to answer but at the same time quite easy- I have so many favourites, but I think I just may be able to pinpoint three ultimate, ULTIMATE favourites. Here they are:

Miss Elizabeth asks: “What advice can you give to other bloggers looking to expand their following base?
What was the funnest part about getting your blog to its current success?”

As for the first question, I’ve already answered it above, haha!

For the second question, I would have to say that the *most fun* part would have to have been interacting with other bloggers and reading their posts. Reading other posts gives me so much inspiration, and of course, I twist other bloggers’ ideas and make them my own on my blog. Also, I ultimately just love seeing what other avid YA readers are reading and talking about!💘

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews asks: “Is there a genre you don’t read much, but would like to try more?
If you could only recommend one book what would it be?
Besides reading, what are some of your favourite things?”

Similar to Lauren’s first question, Ashley @ Inside my Minds asks: “What is your least favorite genre to read and why?”

My least favourite genre is fantasy. I don’t read a lot of it, but lately I have been trying to read some more of it. I have to admit, I haven’t been loving most of the fantasies I’ve been reading. For me, I think I’m better off sticking with contemporaries and dystopians, haha!😂

For the book recommendation(s), see my answer to Raven’s question above.

Besides books, I love technology, chocolate, chicken, pizza, French fries, my friends, my family, my dog, intellectual games and puzzles, dance, yoga, and lots more!❤️

Tiana @ The Book Raven asks: “What is the first book that comes to mind when you think of the word treasure? Also, what do you hope to be doing 5 years from now?”

When I think of the word “treasure,” I am not confined to thinking about just one book. What comes into my head are all of the beautiful books I’ve read over the years, and it is so hard to pick just one treasure out of all of them!

Five years from now, I hope to be studying law, medicine, or statistics at a good university. I don’t know where exactly I want to go yet, but as of right now, I think I would prefer to stay near my family and friends.💘

Dez @ The Fun in Reading Books asks: “What’s the book that disappointed you big time?”

I went into Lost & Found by Brooke Davis with such high hopes, but quite frankly, I didn’t completely enjoy the book. It was kind of sad- even though it was my first foray into adult fiction, I didn’t expect everything to go over my head!😧

Amy @ A Magical World of Words asks: “Are there any bloggers who’ve influenced you or helped you along your blogging journey?”

Yes, there are SO many bloggers who I’m inspired by! Here are just a few out of literally dozens of them:

…and the list could probably circle around the world at least twice if I kept going! You guys MUST check out all of their awesome blogs!💘


Thank you once again for all of your amazing questions, guys! I had such a fun time answering them!❤️

So tell me, do you still have any unanswered questions to ask about me?😂 Do you (dis)agree with any of my answers? How would you answer these questions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

 

Kdrewkthebookworm is now 1! + Q & A

Hi everyone!😊 First, here’s some blogiversary babbling for you all:

A year ago today, on April 10th, 2016, I hit the publish button on my very first post on Kdrewkthebookworm. (You can find it here, but just saying, cringe!😁)

Throughout these past 365 days, I have improved so much as a writer and a reader. I can now write coherent reviews rather than just summing up my initial thoughts in my earlier ones, I now have a much bigger vocabulary, and I now have acquired so many new tastes in books. When I first created this blog, I usually only read contemporary novels, but now I read so much more, ranging from romances to sci-fis to mysteries. 

I have also started receiving many physical and digital ARCs from Netgalley, Indigo, as well as independent authors. It just makes me so happy to have the privilege to be able to be one of the first to read specific books, and I hope to continue for a very long time!😃

I am also literally so impressed about how much of a reader base this blog has grown. In my first month of blogging, I had how many? Five? Ten? Twenty followers? Now I have over 500, which is a number that grows almost daily. I just love all you guys and I’m so thankful for all of you!❤️

It honestly feels like I have had this blog forever, but at the same time, it feels like it was just yesterday when I wrote my first post, if you get what I’m saying.😛

I know that this blog is pretty much all about books, but I wanted to take some time to allow you guys to get to know the girl behind all these bookish posts. This is why I will be hosting…

My first ever Q & A session!!!!🎉🎊

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So guys, I want you all to ask me questions! Any questions your heart desires! Just please keep in mind that I am a teen and that I as well have a big tween/teenage reader base, so please keep them clean, respectful, and nothing too personal. 

I will most likely have the answers post up on or near Monday the 24th. You guys will have until Friday the 21st to submit them so I can write the post that weekend.

Thanks so much guys! I love you all!😘 Here’s to many more years of blogging!❤️🎉

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Au revoir!💜

Hiatus

Hi everyone!👋

I just wanted to let you all know that as of right now, I will be going on a hiatus from blogging. As exams at the end of the month are coming closer and closer, I am going to need to focus more on my studies than on reading and blogging.

 I do have a few posts already scheduled to go up between now and when my exams end, but I will not be scheduling any new content between now and February 1st. I will also not be checking my reader or any other blogs, but I will try to respond to comments whenever I can.

Thanks so much for understanding, everyone! I will see you all in February!😘💜

The Mystery Blogger Award

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Hi everyone!😊

I am happy to announce that I have been nominated for another blogger award, and this time, it’s the Mystery one!☺️ I would like to thank my awesome bookish friend Jasmine @ How Useful It Is for the nomination.💞 Be sure to check out her amazing blog for in-depth reviews, fun tags, useful discussion posts, and even more! I would also like to recognize Okoto Enigma for creating this cool award, absolutely check her out as well!

“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma

Here are the rules:

1.Put the award logo/image on your blog
2.List the rules.
3.Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
4.Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
5.Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
6.You have to nominate 10 – 20 3 people
7.Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
8.Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
9.Share a link to your best post(s)

So let’s get on with it!😊

My Facts

  • I have just started receiving print ARCs from Indigo, and it’s been awesome! My first Indigo ARC review, which is for Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall, will be up in December, and I still need to start my other ARC, Wintersong by S. Jae Jones.
  • I have been posting daily recently, despite the fact that I’m in high school now and I have a lot of homework. How have I managed to do that? Well, I now write most of my blog posts for the upcoming week during the weekend, or just whenever I have some downtime. So far, I think it’s been working really well!😉
  • 24 is my lucky number- there’s just something about it that gives me so much luck.🍀

My Answers to Jasmine’s Questions

What do you like to do most this time of year?

Honestly, what I love to do most when fall turns into winter is curl up in bed and read a book. I love to feel all comfy under the covers, and I also like to use books to escape myself from the cold…☺️

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Have you already planned how many books you will read next year?

Not really, but I hope to read at least 200, like I have this year.

What is your #1 goal for next year?

I’d probably have to say that my #1 goal is to just try my best and go with the flow, and see where my life ends up taking me.✌️

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Are you happy with the direction your blog is heading?

Great question! Absolutely! I have been having a lot of fun running it and sharing my reviews and opinions with all of you guys, and the number of followers and views I’m getting blows my mind, and I only created this blog in April! I am very happy with my standings right now, so thanks so much for the support, everyone!💜

Weird: What extreme do you go to to take care of books you own?

I don’t really have any specific answer for this question, but I am hesitant to lend out my books sometimes, even though I do have 1 or 2 people whom I trust to read and return them. So, I guess that can count…?

My Best and Most Useful Post: I feel like my list of tips on using Netgalley has helped a lot of people☺️

My Questions:

  1. Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?
  2. Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!
  3. What device do you use to write your blog posts (computer, phone, etc.)?
  4. Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know.
  5. WEIRD: What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)

I nominate…

As I have a lot of outstanding tags and awards to be posted, I don’t want to run out of people to tag, so I will only be tagging 3 today, which will likely be the same case with my upcoming tags and awards, as well. Anyway, here are my nominees:

  1. Poetry @ A Bookwyrm’s Lair
  2. Nini @ Nini Reads
  3. Hannah @ The Book Thief Without Words

Sorry if you’ve already done this or just don’t feel like it! I still really want to see your answers, though!☺️

So tell me, do you like the idea of this award? What would be your answers to my or Jasmine’s questions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

 

October 2016 Book Haul

Hi everyone, and happy Halloween to those celebrating!🎃

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe October is over already, it flew by!

Anyway, today I will be sharing all the books I got my hands on this month. All reviewed books will be linked.

Without further ado…

Borrowed from the library:

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Received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review:

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So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What books did YOU get your hands on this month? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

ARC Review: The Secrets We Kept

About the book:

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Title: The Secrets We Kept

Author: Lily Velez

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

One year. That’s how long it’s been since childhood sweethearts Sully Graham and Cadence Gilbertson broke up, since one adoption and one out-of-state move turned their worlds upside down.

Suddenly, Cadence is back in New York City, but something’s different about her. The light in her eyes, the music in her laughter, the warmth in her smile—all of those things have entirely vanished. In their place stand the makings of a girl Sully can’t even begin to recognize, much less understand.

Still, despite the collective history of heartbreak between them, he’s convinced he can win her trust again, and he’s committed to proving the invincibility of their love no matter what it takes.

But Cadence is quietly harboring secrets of her own. Dark secrets. Ugly secrets. Secrets that could break a person. And though broken herself and unbearably lonely, she’s determined to protect Sully from her terrible, biting truths. Even if it means locking him out of her life forever.

The only problem is it seems her heart hasn’t quite received the memo. One glimpse of him is all it takes for her to trip into familiar (and, she’ll admit, addictive) feelings that threaten to all but consume her. Now her biggest fear is that her secrets will begin to slowly unravel one by one…long before Sully’s resolve ever does.

The Secrets We Kept is a moving story about first love, friendship, and forgiveness, and the enduring bonds that forever connect us and give us our strength.

Source: Thanks so much to Blue Typewriter Press via Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

Review:

I have to admit, I was totally attracted to that cover when I requested this book. Just LOOK at it! It’s a stunner, and it’s super artsy, as well. I have also always wanted a glimpse into the foster system, and what it’s like for teens. Thus, I expected good things from this story, and that’s what I got!

The Secrets We Kept revolves around the dual-POVs of teens Sully and Cadence. They were both in the foster system, which got them together, but unfortunately, Cadence’s move had forced them to break up. As luck would have it, Cadence ends up moving back near Sully, but she is quite different; and it’s hard for him to place his finger on what’s changed. In spite of that, Sully still knows that he can make things work between them, and pick up where they left off beforehand. Cadence, though, is hiding some secrets, BIG ones, ones that can threaten the two from getting together. Will the two be able to hit it off without Cadence’s secrets slipping out, and ruining their relationship?

The characters of this book are very well-developed, and I felt like I could connect with them well. First, let’s talk about Cadence. Yes, she did get stubborn and whiny at times, but I don’t blame her, due to everything she was going through. I really felt for her as she kept having to move, and also as she had to bubble up her big secrets. I could not imagine living a life like that! So, I think she was a pretty nice character inside, but it’s just that her circumstances were quite unfortunate.

Now, I’d like to talk about Sully. I loved his determination to be with Cadence and to figure out what’s been changing in her life. Reading the story, I could tell that he was a very loyal person, which showed in his persistence and curiosity for Cadence. In a way, this reminds me of Miles in Looking for Alaska and his persistence for Alaska, which, ironically, I am currently reading for school!😜 Anyway, I’d totally want Sully as a friend, that’s for sure!😊

Because of the secrets unravelled near the end of the book, I don’t really think this book would be suitable for tweens or younger teens (unless they are very mature). I don’t want to spoil anything as it wouldn’t be fair to those who haven’t read this book, but it is mature, so I’m just giving you a heads-up, and recommending that you only pick up this book if you’re fine with some mature themes.

Overall, I really liked most things about this book, which includes the characters, plot, and writing style, but I just think it could be a little shorter, as there were quite a few scenes I don’t think were necessary. Any who, if you’d like to take a peek into the lives of teen foster children, and are also on the lookout for great characters and beautiful writing, then don’t hesitate to read The Secrets We Kept!😊

Rating: 4/5 Stars

*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*