60 Days of Reading: Young Adult Books for all Ages

Young Adult novels have my heart. Reading them, interpreting them, and writing down my thoughts is all part of the fun when it comes to binging these texts. The only trouble is time.

As it turns out, writing in depth book reviews is extremely time consuming! So although I love to create those posts, this month we are going to have to suffice with a reading list!

Good thing I’ve been reading a lot of young adult books lately.

Spotlight Jams: Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Rainbow Kitten Surprise
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A Guilty Pleasure Playlist for Indie Lovers

For June, The Messy Life is featuring a spotlight showcase in place of our typical list of Messy Melodies for the month. The band of choice? Rainbow Kitten Surprise.

I discovered them a couple of months ago, and have been binging their albums ever since. By now, I’ve overplayed just about every publicly released song these guys have  created. A rarity for me, and a sign that I have to share them with you.

Book Review: Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Kathleen Glasgow’s novel, Girl in Pieces, is raw in the way it reveals an unfiltered range of thoughts. It’s as if all the worries readers have never dared to voice aloud, have come to life on the pages beneath our fingers and suddenly, we are forced to face the reality of our fears.

Glasgow reminds us of the value that comes from determination. She takes a story that is not often seen, and reveals it to the world boldly, and unashamed. This bravery has created representation for millions of people around the world - voices that deserve to be heard.

Book Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also a Star is the perfect feel-good book. Nicola Yoon takes readers on a couple’s journey through love, loss, and heartbreak. She even includes mini-chapters to elaborate on interesting theories and themes throughout the book.

Pick up this novel for a second and I promise you won’t want to put it back down.

Book Review: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

The Spectacular Now is one of those strikingly rare stories that always disappoints you in the end. No matter who reads it or how many times it is read, the ending never fails to break your heart.

Not because of a weak plot or poor writing, but because the lovably flawed protagonist can’t help but be who they are.

You know the type.

The Messy Life’s Reading List for 2018

In 2017, reading became one of those hobbies I struggled to make time for. I could try to make excuses for this, but to be frank I can’t afford to keep up with my own demand. It also hurts that after you buy a book, it’s worth little to nothing on the market. Honestly, the economy’s rooting against readers.

Reviewing Boba from Novel Tea: A Bubble Tea Destination

Novel tea taro bubble tea drinks with sunset | The Messy Life

Welcome to The Messy Life. Let's take a bubble tea trip.

Two weeks ago, I went to my friend's place for the weekend. Now, I love bubble tea, and a few friends told us about this shop near her apartment that was supposed to great. Not only was it nearby, but also everyone and I mean EVERYONE, had good things to say about it. So of course we decided we had to try it.

The name alone was enough to grab my attention: Novel Tea? It's the perfect play on words.

Let's see if their tea lives up to the hype.

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